Program Management: How to Achieve Your Strategic Goals!
3.9 (41 ratings)
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Program Management: How to Achieve Your Strategic Goals!

Planning programs and projects that Connect Strategy to achieve your vision
3.9 (41 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,931 students enrolled
Created by JC Marzett
Last updated 5/2017
English [Auto-generated]
Current price: $86.99 Original price: $124.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand what a project is, and isn't
  • Know the difference between Project, Program and Portfolio
  • Know how to create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Understand what it means (and HOW to assess) "strategic alignment"
  • Understand that the role of. a PM is complex
  • Have a computer, preferably with Internet Access
  • Come with an open mind and willingness to learn

Do you find yourself or your team "busy", but not necessarily achieving your goals? Having goals is great, but if you don't know how to make them become real, what good are they? This course is focused on professionals looking to learn more about why project management is so important to goal achievement, how projects and programs relate, and how to take steps toward project, program, and portfolio planning to ensure you are on track to meet your goals!

If you want to understand the bigger picture, and not just focus on the project management technical skills alone (also important!), then this course is exactly what you need!

Tired of hearing about how "Agile project management" is the way to solve everything? This course isn't a lesson on the day-to-day tactics, but instead is a course that shows you what none of the other courses do - WHY project management (whether it's agile project management, Kanban, Agile SCRUM, PRINCE2 or others) is so important, and how projects align to programs, and programs align to portfolios!

Here's what just a few of my 10,500+ students are saying:

"Excellent course with information concerning critical project management concepts and deployment." - Chad

"Most PM courses I've taken focus only on how to take the PMP exam. This one actually shows you HOW to be a PM who can be both strategic and tactical, and not just "pass a test" then not understand what you're doing and why when you get on the job! This course is unique, and I'm really glad I took it!." - Austin

"This course is an excellent way to learn about the basics of project management, especially if you have never been a Project Manager, or if you have noticed a lot of recruitment ad descriptions requesting project management as a skill and you are unsure of whether you have any experience in that yet were never specifically advised that was what you were doing. After the course you will be able to see how Project Management is applicable across various industries and what the differences are between Project Management, Program Management and Portfolio Management, as well as how Project Management is the starting point to get to the other two in your career."  - Alison

"It was very clear presentation and whether one implements project elements or controls them I found the course brought it all together nicely. Really enjoyed the course thks." - Rita


You'll understand how to do project planning to perform a bottom-up assessment to assess how well you are (or are not) on your way to achieving your strategic vision. You'll see how and where the specifics gaps are, so that you can fix them!

After Taking This Course, You Will Understand:

- The difference between Project, Program and Portfolio management

- The difference betwen project management and operations management

- How to create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and why you need one

- The basis of every project, and how it fits into the bigger organizational picture

- Tools and tips for estimating schedule, cost, and resources needed to be successful

- Essential templates to use when planning your project

This course is for you if you are looking to understand the basics of project management, or if you became a project manager with limited training. This course is for you if you are exploring the project management profession, or looking to simply brush up on your current skills. This is also a perfect course for you if you're in a complimentary career field, as it will help you understand how your role relates to that of a project manager.

The purchase of this course includes a 30-day money back guarantee and lifetime access. You can replay the videos and access all course content and references at anytime.


Who this course is for:
  • Anyone looking to learn the basics of professional project management
  • Those who became project managers without understanding the relationship to organizational strategy
  • Those exploring careers in the project, program, or portfolio management industry
  • Those in complimentary career fields
Course content
Expand all 15 lectures 01:09:22
+ Project Management: Course Overview
2 lectures 04:30

PMP this course is not, but we will cover the project management must-know essentials at the basic core, and talk about the PMP a bit, along with other project management frameworks and resources without focusing too much on any single one. More importantly, this course is different in that the emphasis is on how to be a strategic project manager, not just a tactical one.

Preview 04:30
First Things First!
1 page
+ Project Management: Why?
4 lectures 22:15

Project Management requires the management of actual projects. Understanding what is - and what is NOT - a project is important, and that's what we'll cover in this lecture.

Preview 05:01

Project Management (PM) as a professional can be a lucrative career - especially if you understand how it fits within the bigger organization and strategy! This lecture will talk about where projects matter, and awareness of where your project fits into the bigger picture is important.

Project Management in the "bigger picture"
How Program Management and Project Management relate
Project Portfolio Management as it relates to Strategy
Necessary Foundational Skills
1 question
+ Project Management: Multiple Projects
2 lectures 08:39

Organizations face multiple challenges today. One of their greatest is how to tie their projects more closely to organizational strategy, and do it in a way that makes them successful. We'll explore the challenges of being in a multiple-project environment, and what you, the strategic project manager, can do to minimize these challenges.

Preview 03:42

While there are a variety of Project Management Maturity Models to help organizations assess their current state, it is clear that most organizations do not score very well in terms of maturity. This lecture will talk through what Project Management Maturity is, provide a few examples of PM Maturity Models, and compare them to each other.

Organizational Project Management Maturity
+ Project Management: Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
6 lectures 31:59
Project Management: How do you know it's a project?
Project Management: The Pitfalls and the Fruits of Labor
Project Phases and Actual Initiation requirements
The ONE Thing Every Project Manager Must Have - and WHY!

Professional Project Management (PM) breaks work into a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

PM WBS Examples
Project Management and the Work Package