Spring 2016

Program Management Skills and Systems

Spring 2014
Course Number: 
DYNM 624 001
Saturday 1:00pm-5:00pm


Primary Program: 
Organizational Dynamics
Course Description: 

This course is coded OC, LM, PR, P3, A, F.
The objective of Program Leadership Skills is to provide students with an understanding of current principles and best practices in the maturing field of Program Management. Students will investigate the relationships between Program Management, Project Management and Portfolio Management as separate but co-dependent disciplines, and examine the importance of each to the successful achievement of organizational goals. Focusing on Program Management, the course will examine the unique challenges that are faced when managing organizational activities that principally pursue strategic goals, and that must be responsive to outcomes of activities being pursued and changes in strategic direction. The course will provide a forum for discussing the various types of Programs that organizations pursue, and for understanding how Program Management best practices can be applied to each type of Program. The course will explore the need to adapt Program Management principles in a context-specific way to ensure that Programs deliver their expected organizational value. Moreover, it will examine how-despite qualitative differences between Programs-common approaches can be used to assess Program Management maturity and performance, and to define the skills required of a successful Program Leader. At the conclusion of the course, students will be expected to understand current best practices in Program Management, and to determine how to initiate or improve upon Program Management practices in their own organizations.