Strategic Project Manager Certification
Course 530 – 3 Days
Whether you are working on regulatory compliance projects, government contracts or private industry, strategic thinking applied to project management best practice is a core skill that is needed and desired.
This course will ensure you are able to not just prioritize from a pool of desired projects, but also evaluate which projects and programs will help achieve your overall organizational strategic objectives. You will give greater purpose to your projects, by turning them into the means to fulfill strategy in your organization and move it into the direction it wants to go.
Through classroom discussion, case studies, and exercises and templates, delegates learn best practices in project strategy prioritization, strategy execution, strategic communication, strategic planning, performing, measuring, and delivering.
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Strategic Project Manager Certification
This program arms project managers with the tools and techniques to formulate and execute strategy to meet new challenges, prioritize programs and portfolios, improve service delivery, align projects and activities to mission, vision and strategy, and delivery value for customers and stakeholders. Strategic project management takes traditional project management principles and practices to another level that improves strategic alignment, informs resource allocation decisions, informs operational planning, and helps mitigate risk. Participants learn fundamentals of strategic planning, balanced scorecard, and predictive and agile management principles from the perspective of the modern-day project manager. This program is offered in association with the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, part of the College of Professional Studies.
This course is delivered utilizing hands-on workshops, incorporating interactive lectures, practical examples, case studies, shared participant experiences, and practice sessions. The learning goal of the course is to review best practices in building and implementing sound project management processes.
The workshop is based around working in groups. You will learn by practicing planning and facilitation skills to apply in your own organization, receiving feedback from the Course Director and fellow delegates attending the course. The Course Director will also share related experiences and real-world examples.
Concepts and theory are delivered in small portions, giving you the time to see, hear and try each new learning concept without having to digest large amounts of information.
The training approach to learning is: hear it, see it, do it while coaching individuals in an environment which is conducive to the adult learning process. Facilitated discussions, group exercises, individual reporting are the methods used for transferring knowledge effectively.
Who Should Attend?
This course is valuable for:
- Portfolio, Program and Project Managers
- Directors of Strategy Management
- Directors of Performance Management
- Risk Management and Compliance Officers
- Balanced Scorecard Practitioners
- Strategic Planners and Analysts
- People who currently are project contributors and want to learn strategic project management
- Anyone who is charged with strategy execution for business results
Upon completion of this course students will learn to:
- Prioritize and manage programs and projects within the context of a strategy-focused organization
- Explore and apply must-know concepts and best practices to integrate and execute strategic project management
- Understand the five principles of strategic execution and manage strategic projects using a proven process
- Align project management with organizational strategy and translate high-level strategic plans into operational plans
- Use the Balanced Scorecard to manage projects as the means to fulfil organizational strategy and strategic objectives
Learning Materials Include:
- 210 Page Workbook
- Full Color 18 x 24 Wall Poster illustrating the Key Results for the key steps in project management
- One set of the Project Management Process Posters
Public Sector Discount
We offer a discount for participants for public sector and not-for-profit organizations (use discount code NP).
If three or more participants from the same organization register, we offer a multi-registration discount. We encourage more people from the same organization to attend so that they can collaborate during the workshop.
Early Bird Discount
Sign up 30 days before the start of the course and get the early bird discount.
- What is strategic project management?
- How is strategy institutionalized within the organization?
- Overview of how strategy is developed by executive management
Balanced Scorecard Fundamentals
- Strategy planning
- Strategy execution best practices
- SMO or PMO – What you need to know to be successful
- The role of the Strategic Project Manager in a changing workplace landscape
Step One: Initiate Strategic Projects
- How do we revise poorly designed strategic initiatives?
- Overcome strategic stall and maintain forward momentum
- Stakeholders influence when strategic projects begin
- Focus on critical initiatives with clear and meaningful milestones
- Clarity in communications with a correction plan in place
- Develop and prioritize new project initiatives to execute strategy
Step Two: Plan Strategic Projects
- Understand which delivery model will used – Predictive or Agile
- Establish project level routines that track milestones and strategic objectives
- Engage executive leaders when delivering strategic initiatives
- Strategy is change – How do we manage this?
- Using project management to transition from current state to future state
- Learn how to manage the three different levels of change once a new strategy is defined
- Integrate change into strategic execution
- Identify the benefits of a strategic project early
- The difference between strategy and activity
- Organizational transformation – Look inward before moving forward
- Strategy delivery is as important as strategy design
- Capacity and capability, you need both for strategic execution
Practical Project Exercise
Step Three: Establish The Approach
- Benefits identification
- Understand what the strategic initiative is intended to deliver – The “why” of the project
- Value should not be lost in deliverables or dates
Step Four: Benefits Realization
- Strategic benefits for internal and external customers
- Identify, execute and sustain benefits
- Using strategy to drive customer satisfaction
- Performance management of strategic initiatives
- Creating measurable, concrete and explicit benefits
- Identify tangible and intangible benefits
- What role does risk management play in strategy execution?
- Why we need to plan risk responses
- Understanding it is not just about the triple constraints – Understanding benefits realization counts
Step Five: Perform Work
- Organizational agility
- SMO or PMO – Which is right?
- Strategy – People-driven or process-driven
- Organizational understanding from a strategic view
- Manage stakeholder expectations
- How to manage roadblocks
- Switching priorities without losing momentum
- Three models of strategic delivery – Agile, Hybrid, and Predictive
- How to take a holistic view of strategic delivery
- Adapting governance for different delivery models
Strategic Project Management Exercise
Step Six: Control Performance
- How to develop meaningful performance measures and targets
- How to evaluate planning documents and processes
- Developing and refining project performance measures and targets aligned to strategy
- How to get performance information throughout the organization for better informed decision making
- Report on performance at a strategic level
- Stay focused in a changing world (IoT, AI, Cloud)
- Collect, verify and validate performance data
- Linking strategy to resource decisions
- Linking performance to rewards
Step Seven: Deliver
- Benefits identified – Benefits realized
- What did we learn?
Strategic Project Management Exercise: Using a culmination of the work over the past two and half days, this is a facilitated workshop where you will participate in creating deliverables for your projects that can be used once you return to your workplace.
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