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Essential Skills: Portfolio Management and Programme Management

Implementing Programmes and Project Portfolios

 The management disciplines required for programmes and portfolios are fundamentally different from those used to manage multiple projects.  Has your organisation recognised that yet?

Managing programmes and project portfolios have much in common and some significant differences. Both are about delivering planned changes to an organisation’s capabilities, using heavily contended resources.

While project managers must focus on delivering outputs within a set of constraints, portfolio managers are faced with the problems around maximising throughput and optimising the return from invested sources.  Programme managers don’t have these concerns.  Their role is to deliver a vision of the future state of the organisation, which involves both projects and line management and focuses on the delivery of outcomes.

It is these differences in purpose and in the management disciplines that causes issues when successful project managers are promoted into portfolio and programme management roles.  Too often the tried and trusted approaches developed over the years are favoured by both sponsoring groups and the newly promoted managers, reducing programmes and portfolios to being managed as groups of projects, which end in failed initiatives.

These workshops address the need to explore and extend the experiences of project managers to help them adapt to their new role.  They are run as a set of conversations and challenges, facilitated by an experienced practitioner and thought leader in the management and governance of project portfolios and programmes.  They are designed for small groups of individuals who are actively involved in, or about to become involved in, managing complex collections of projects.  In this way, the shared ideas and insights can be taken back into the workplace and implemented.

The format of the workshop session encourages the participants to bring current issues and concerns and share with the group what’s been done, how well it works, and where more insight is needed.

Workshop format

Workshops are tailored to your needs and delivered in the medium which best suits your participants.

Click the links below for example workshops approaches:

Online workshops

Face to face workshop

If you are an individual then these courses will soon be available as online courses through Udemy.

Contact us for more information.

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