Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Essentials and Advanced

Detailed guidance, templates and tools for selecting a project portfolio and measuring its performance
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2014 English

Course Description

When your Executives need high quality project portfolio decision support and analytics how will you respond?

Whether you work in a PMO or manage a project portfolio this course equips you with the essential knowledge and practical tools that you need to succeed in the practice of Project Portfolio Management (PPM). The course materials were designed for and have been part of the syllabus of the Masters of Business in IT Management (MBITM) Program at the University of Technology, Sydney since 2004.

This course can save you many tens of thousands of dollars in consulting and tuition fees! In addition to video lecture presentations it provides practical demonstrations of "how to do it" using both an industry leading PPM product and analytical tools, models and templates which have been developed and proven in practice over many years.

Practical: Students will be provided with helpful and easy to use FREE templates and tools that they can take away with them and start using immediately. In addition, students will be provided with FREE online access to a "sandpit" instance of an industry leading PPM product in order to practice the techniques covered in the lectures.

The course is self-paced but should take about 10 hours to complete. It consists of 7 sections:

  1. Introduction: PPM - What and Why?
  2. Portfolio Selection
  3. Portfolio Monitoring and Controlling
  4. Portfolio Governance
  5. Commercial Portfolio Management Products
  6. Advanced Portfolio Management Concepts
  7. PPM Educational Game.

You should take this course if you:

  • Sponsor, manage or participate in projects
  • Manage or perform a PMO function
  • Are an Executive or Manager at an organisation that undertakes a lot of projects
  • Want to improve your career opportunities in project management.

In today's global knowledge economy businesses need to differentiate themselves by constantly investing in and developing new and innovative products and services. It is more critical than ever that business and IT leaders collaborate to optimize the value of their organisation's human resources, digital and other assets by making prudent project investment decisions. PPM is the set of management disciplines through which this alignment is achieved.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need to have a good understanding of project management and the role it plays in delivering strategy
  • No other textbooks or material required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the business drivers for PPM as a consequence of increasing project based activity in response to increasing competition and innovation
  • Apply a range of project valuation and prioritization techniques
  • Define and apply a sequencing logic in order to schedule projects within constraints
  • Apply techniques for managing the risks and benefits of portfolios of in-flight business initiatives
  • Understand the essentials of good portfolio governance
  • Gain insight into the market for PPM tools
  • Access to a range of practical tools for immediate use

Who is the target audience?

  • People who sponsor, manage or participate in projects and business change programs
  • Portfolio Directors, Portfolio Analysts and PMO Managers
  • Executives and managers aspiring to Executive level in project intensive industries

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Portfolio Management Introduction and Overview
PPM Definitions, Objectives and Context
Management by Projects
Management Challenges in a Multi-project Environment
Industry and Management Responses
10 questions

The following quiz tests your knowledge from the lectures on Portfolio Management Introduction and Overview

Section 2: Portfolio Selection Processes
Introduction to Portfolio Selection Processes
Prioritisation Part 1
Prioritisation Part 2
Optimisation (or Risk Balancing)
Free Tools and Templates - Portfolio Selection
10 questions

The following quiz tests your knowledge from the lectures on Portfolio Selection Processes.

Section 3: Portfolio Monitoring and Controlling Processes
Introduction to Portfolio Monitoring and Controlling Processes
Performance Management
Benefits Management
Risk (Including Dependency) Management
Free Tools and Templates - Portfolio Monitoring and Controlling
10 questions

The following quiz tests your knowledge from the lectures on Portfolio Monitoring and Controlling Processes

Section 4: Portfolio Governance
PPM Roles and Responsibilities
Presenting to a Portfolio Governance Board
10 questions

The following quiz tests your knowledge from the lectures on Portfolio Governance.

Section 5: Commercial Portfolio Management Products
PPM Vendors and Products
PPM Tool Benefits
PPM Tool Implementation Issues
SciForma PPM Tool Demonstration and Free Student Access
10 questions

The following quiz tests your knowledge from the lectures on Portfolio Management Tools.

Section 6: Advanced Portfolio Management Concepts
PPM and Knowledge Management
PPM and Internal Organisational Markets
Section 7: Portfolio Management Game - Practice Your Skills
Portfolio Management Game Description and Instructions
10 pages

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Instructor Biography

Bryan Fenech, MBus LLB BA, Lecturer - University of Technology Sydney, PPM Expert

Bryan Fenech is a lecturer and Board member for the UTS Masters of Business in IT Management (MBITM) program. He has over 20 years experience working in project delivery and business change programs and is the Founder and Director of PPM Intelligence which aims to support and improve the practice of project portfolio management by providing knowledge resources and facilitating creative interactions between practitioners. He is a member of the Leadership for Innovation in the Digital Age (LIDA) research group, the Organisation of the Future (OOTF) research group and the Project Portfolio Management Special Interest Group (PPMSIG).

Specialties: Organisational design for the knowledge economy and establishing and managing complex business transformation programs, including project portfolio management (PPM) implementations and improvement and PMO setup and refresh.

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