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Home > Training > Project Management > PgMP® Exam Prep Training

PgMP® Exam Prep Training

Course#: TP2547

PMI’s Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential recognizes the advanced experience and skill of program managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PgMP® demonstrates your proven competency to oversee multiple, related projects and their resources to achieve strategic business goals.

 

PgMP® credential holders oversee the success of a program, grouping related projects together to realize organizational benefits not available if they were managed separately. It’s the perfect fit if you define projects, assign project managers and oversee programs.

Who should apply?

If you’re a program manager looking to demonstrate a proven ability to manage complex, multiple projects and align results to organizational goals; increase your visibility and value with your organization; and separate yourself in the eyes of employers, the PgMP® credential is for you.

PgMP Requirements

To apply for the PgMP®, you need to have either:

  • A four year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent), with at least four years of project management experience and four years of program management experience.

OR

  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent), with at least four years of project management experience and seven years of program management experience.

Note: the focus for this class is an intensive workshop for those planning on applying for approval and taking the PgMP exam. If you have not gained enough experience in project and program management to meet these eligibility requirements, consider the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential.

Credits

21 PDUs

Duration

3 Days

Outline of TP2547 PgMP® Exam Prep Training

Introductions and House Keeping Items

Couse Overview

Course Goal

Course Objectives

Course Delivery Strategy

PgMP® Exam Overview

PgMP® Domains

Program Life Cycle Domains

Your Score

Frequently Asked Questions

Study Tips

The Exam Site

Taking the Exam

My Test Taking Strategy

Main Resources

Differences – Standard 3rd Edition

Examination Content Outline

Other Useful Sources

Course Overview

Module Learning Objectives

Key Definitions

A Program Is

Key Points about these Definitions

Program Benefit Management

Other Definitions

Types of Programs

What is Program Management?

Other Definitions

When to Manage as a Portfolio of Projects?

Advantages of Program Management

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Projects, Programs, and Portfolios

Program Management and Project Management

Figure 1-2 Interactions

Program Manager’s Role

Program Manager Skills and Competencies

Characteristics of Successful Program Managers

Core Competencies

Core Knowledge and Skill Areas

Other Approaches

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Key Messages

Course Overview

Learning Objectives

ECO Domains

ECO Knowledge

Figure 1-2 and Its Importance

Program Management and Portfolio Management

Why the Portfolio Is Important

Interactions

Program and Portfolio Distinctions

Other Portfolio Views

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Key Messages – Program Strategy Requires

Organizational Strategy

Strategic Business Initiatives

Importance of Business Value

Realization of Business Strategy

The PMO

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Management Performance Domains

Domain Interactions

Program Strategy Alignment

Steps Involved

Elements – Program Strategy Alignment

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Strategic and Operational Processes

Organizational Strategy

Programs to Complement Strategy

Program Business Case

Studies

Other Views on the Business Case

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Financial Selection Criteria

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Plan

Vision and Mission

Goals and Objectives

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Roadmap

Importance of the Roadmap

Using the Roadmap

Environmental Assessments

Enterprise Environmental Factors

EEF Examples

Environmental Analysis

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Questions Related to the Examination Content Outline

Task 1 – Perform Program Assessment

Key Points

Sample Test Questions

Task 2 –  Develop High-Level Roadmap

Key Points

Sample Test Questions

Task 3  – Set Roadmap Baseline

Roadmap

Sample Test Questions

Task 4 – Develop Program Mission Statement

Sample Test Questions

Task 5 – Assess Organizational Capability

Key Points

Feasibility Analysis

Sample Test Questions

Task 6 – Identify Benefits

Key Points

Importance of Marketing

Sample Test Questions

Task 7 – Estimate Benefits

Task 8 – Evaluate External Constraints

Key Points

Sample Test Questions

Task 9 – Program Charter Approval

Task 10 – Analyze Integration Opportunities

Task 11 – Opportunities for Change

Project Versus Program Change

Sample Test Questions

Key Messages – Program Strategy Requires

Course Overview

Specific Knowledge for the Program Life Cycle Domain

Why Have a Life Cycle?

Program Life Cycle

Program Life Cycle Activity Groups

Benefits Life Cycle

Course Overview

Module Learning Objectives

Initiating Subdomain Tasks

Program Life Cycle Activity Groups

Program Life Cycle

Benefits Life Cycle

Program Formulation

Program Initiation

The Sponsor’s Role

Assigning the Program Manager

Prepare Estimates of Scope, Resources, and Cost

Assess Initial Risks

Update the Business Case

Initiating Documents

Program Charter Contents

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Financial Management

Program Cost Estimation

Program Financial Framework Establishment

Financial Objectives

Outcomes of the Financial Framework

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Questions Related to the “Examination Content Outline”

Task 1 – Develop Program Charter

Sample Test Questions

Task 2 – Develop Scope Statements

Sample Test  Questions

Task 3 – Develop Milestone Plan

Task 4 – Develop Accountability Matrix

Sample Test Questions

Task 5 – Define Performance Measurement Standards

Task 6 – Conduct Kick-Offs

Key Messages

Course Overview

Learning Objectives

Planning Tasks from the ECO

Program Life Cycle Activity Groups

Program Life Cycle

Benefits Life Cycle

Developing the Program Management Plan

Program Management Plan

Key Subsidiary Plans

The Need for a Program Infrastructure

Program Resource Management

Program Resource Plan

What Does Resource Planning Involve?

Resource Management Plan Contents

Program Management Information System

Program Planning Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Financial Management Plan

Internal Funding

Other Items to Include

Financial Planning Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Procurement Management

Program Procurement Planning

Procurement Planning

Procurement Management Plan

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Quality Management

Program Quality Planning

Quality Planning Considerations

Cost of Quality

Program Quality Planning Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Risk Management

Program Risk Management Planning

Planning Importance

Program Risk Categories

Program Risk Management Plan

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Schedule Management

Program Schedule Planning

Program Master Schedule

Notional Program

Schedule Management Plan

Program Schedule Planning Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Scope Management

Program Scope Planning

Develop the PWBS

Program-Level Deliverables and Program Scope

Program Scope Management Plan

Program Scope Planning Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Questions Related to the ECO

Task 1 – Develop Detailed Scope Statement

Project, Program, and Portfolio Scope

Sample Test Questions

Task 2 – Define Scope (PWBS)

Task 3 – Establish Program Management Plan

Task 4 – Optimize Program Management Plan

Sample Test Questions

Task 5 – Define PMIS

Sample Test Questions

Task 6 – Manage Program Issues

Sample Test Questions

Task 7 – Develop Transition Closeout Plan

Sample Test Questions

Task 8 – Develop KPIs

Key Points

Sample Test Questions

Task 9 – Manage Extended Program Team

Key Points

Team Motivation – Importance

Team Motivation Approaches

Building an Effective Team

Rewards and Recognition

The Importance of a Shared Vision

Key Competencies

Team Charter

Course Overview

Course Outline

Learning Objectives

Tasks from the ECO

Program Life Cycle Activity Groups

Program Life Cycle

Benefits Life Cycle

Program Benefits Delivery Phase

Program Uncertainty

Component Sub-Phases

Component Planning and Authorization

Component Oversight and Integration

Component Transition and Closure

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Executing Purpose

Program Benefit Delivery – Executing Activities

Program Execution Management / Program Delivery Management

Consider These Impacts When Analyzing a Change Request

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Component Cost Estimation

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Cost Budgeting

Key Definitions

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Procurement

Program Procurement Outputs

Other Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Quality Assurance

Guidelines for a Quality Audit

Quality Audit Objectives

Other Suggestions

Quality Assurance Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Resource Prioritization

Using the Resource Plan

Some Prioritization Suggestions

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Identify Program Risks

Who Should Participate?

Identifying Risks

Risk Statements

Other Views

Risk Identification Output

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Risk Analysis

Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

Other Considerations

Five Key Factors

Program Risk Analysis Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Risk Response Planning

Updates to the Risk Register

Risk Response Strategies

Outputs from Risk Response Planning

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Questions Related to the ECO

Task 1 – Charter and Initiate Components

Contents of a Project Charter

Task 2 – Deploy Uniform Standards

Task 3 – Ensure Capture of Lessons Learned

Sample Test Questions

Task 4 – Ensure Team Engagement

Sample Test Questions

Task 5 – Review Component Managers

Sample Test Questions

Task 6 – Execute Plans

Task 7 – Consolidate Data

Task 8 – Evaluate Program Status

Sample Test Questions

Task 9 – Approve Component Closure

Course Overview

Course Outline

Learning Objectives

Tasks from the ECO

Program Life Cycle Activity Groups

Program Life Cycle

Controlling Activities

Sample Test Questions

Program Performance Monitoring and Control

Other Activities and Outputs

Program Performance Reports

Forecasts

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Performance Reporting

Program Reports

Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Financial Monitoring and Control

Typical Financial Management Activities

Earned Value Overview

Key Earned Value Formulas

Other EV Formulas

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Procurement Administration

Program Procurement Administration Outputs

Some Best Practices

Other Suggestions

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Quality Control

Program Quality Control Outputs

Other Suggestions

Checklists

Test Reports / Measurement Results

Guidelines for Quality Reviews

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Resource Interdependency Management

Interdependency Management

Suggestions

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Risk Monitoring and Control

Risk Monitoring and Risk Control

Why Risk Monitoring Is Important

Risk Monitoring and Control Outputs

Updates to the Risk Register

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Schedule Control

Schedule Control Activities

Program Schedule Control Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Scope Control

Scope and Change Management

Responsibilities of the Program Manager

Scope Control and the PMBOK®

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Questions Related to the ECO

Task 1 – Analyze Variances

Sample Test Questions

Task 2 – Identify Corrective Actions

Sample Test Questions

Task 3 – Address Program Issues

Sample Test Questions

Task 4 – Manage Program Change

Sample Test Questions

Task 5 – Justify Program Changes

Sample Test Questions

Task 6 – Manage Program Risk

Sample Test Questions

Course Overview

Course Outline

Learning Objectives

Tasks from the ECO

ECO Life Cycle

Program Life Cycle

Benefits Life Cycle

Program Closure Phase

Sub Phases

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Financial Closure

Program Financial Closure Outputs

Considerations in Preparing a Budget to Sustain Benefits

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Procurement Closure

Outputs

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Transition and Benefit Sustainment

Sustainment Views

Program Closure

Final Report

Program Documentation Archive Plan

Knowledge Transition

Resource Disposition

Program Closeout

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Questions Related to the ECO

Task 1 – Performance Analysis Report

Sample Test Questions

Task 2 – Obtain Approval to Initiate Closeout

Task 3 – Execute Transition Plan

Task 4 – Post Review with Stakeholders

Task 5 – Report Lessons Learned

Course Overview

Course Outline

Learning Objectives

Tasks from the ECO

Specific Knowledge for Benefits Management

Program Life Cycle

Benefit Life Cycle

Key Definitions

Program Benefits Management Domain

The Program Manager and Benefits Management

Types of Benefits

Other Examples

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Benefits Identification

Benefits Life Cycle

Benefit Identification Activities

Identifying Benefits

Critical Success Factors

CSFs and a Benefit Breakdown Structure

Importance of the Business Case

Benefits Register

Contents of the Benefits Register

Measuring Benefits

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Benefits Analysis and Planning

Benefits Life Cycle

The Importance of Measures

Examples of Benefits Needing Metrics

Benefits vs. Costs

Governance and Benefits

Benefits Realization Plan

Contents of the Plan

Benefits and the Roadmap

Update the Benefit Register

Benefit Register Example

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Benefit Delivery

Benefit Life Cycle

Benefit Delivery Importance

Program Benefits and Components

Program Benefits and Governance

Key Factors

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Benefits Transition

Benefits Life Cycle

Benefits Transition Importance

Benefits Transition Plan Contents

Benefit Transition Activities

Transition Receivers

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Benefit Sustainment

Benefit Life Cycle

Sustainment Plan Contents

Stewardship Approach

Benefit Sustainment Activities

The Need for a Business Case

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Questions Related to the ECO

Task 1 – Develop Benefit Realization Plan

Importance of the Baseline for Benefits

Activities to Establish the Baseline

Sample Test Questions

Task 2 – Adapt and Communicate the Benefit Realization Plan

Sample Test Questions

Task 3 – Develop Sustainment Plan

Sample Test Questions

Task 4 – Assess Status, Propose Changes

Monitoring and Controlling Benefits:  Key Points

Sample Test Questions

Task 5 – Manage Component Integration

Component Integration:  Key Points

Task 6 – Maintain Benefits Register

Task 7 – Allow for Risk in the Benefits Realization Plan

Considerations

Ways to Reduce Program Risks to Benefits

Decision-Tree Analysis Components

Sample Test Question

Remember the Risk Management Process

Task 8 – Develop Operational Transition Plan

Course Overview

Course Outline

Leaning Objectives

ECO Tasks

Specific Knowledge for Stakeholder Management

Program Life Cycle

What Is Program Stakeholder Engagement?

Who Are Program Stakeholders?

The Program Manager’s Role

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Stakeholder Identification

Examples of Program Stakeholders

Identification Approaches

Stakeholder Register

Definition

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Stakeholder Engagement Planning

Considerations

Stakeholder Engagement Plan

Definition

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Stakeholder Engagement

Considerations

Key Program Manager Competencies

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Management Supporting Processes

Program Communications Management

Communications Planning

Communications Planning Outputs

Definitions

Contents of a Communications Management Plan

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Information Distribution

Communication Considerations

Information Gathering and Retrieval Systems

Information Distribution Methods

Lessons Learned Data Base

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Examination Content Outline

Key Definitions from the Required Knowledge

Task 1 – Identify Stakeholders

Stakeholder Matrix

Stakeholder Matrix Examples

Task 2 – Analyze Stakeholders

Stakeholder Analysis Example

Additional Items to Consider

Task 3 – Engage Stakeholders

Aligning Stakeholder Expectations and Objectives

Key Performance Indicators

Stakeholder Acceptance Process

Task 4 – Maintain Stakeholder Support

The Program Manager’s Role

Task 5 – Communicate with Stakeholders

The Program Manager and Communications

Using Communications to Manage Program Resistance

Task 6 – Cater to Stakeholder Risks

Risk Tolerances and Profiles

Determining Risk Tolerances

The Need for Effective Risk Management

Mindset and Culture

Creating a Risk Management Mindset

Task  7 – Foster Stakeholder Relationships

Stakeholder Engagement Loop

Course Overview

Course Outline

Learning Objectives

Tasks from the ECO

Knowledge for Governance

Program Life Cycle

Program Governance

How Governance Supports Program Success

Governance Importance

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Governance Boards

Test Tasking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Governance Board

Governance Board Responsibilities

#1 – Governance and Organization Vision and Goals

#2 – Program Approval, Endorsement, Initiation

#3 – Program Funding

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

#4 Program Governance Plan

Definition


Governance Plan Sections

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions


#5 Program Success Criteria, Communication, and Endorsement

#6 – Approving Program Approach and Plans

#7 – Program Performance Support

#8 – Program Reporting and Control Processes

Process Examples

#9 – Program Quality Standards and Planning

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

#10 – Monitoring Program Progress and Needed Changes

Programs and Change

Changes and Program Documentation Updates

#11 – Phase-Gate and Other Decision-Point Reviews

Items Covered in the Reviews

#12 – Approving Component Initiation or Termination

Component Closure or Transition

#13 – Program Closure

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Program Governance and Program Management

Common Governance Roles

Governing Program Components

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Other Governance Activities Supporting Program Management

The PMO

PMIS

Knowledge Management

Audit Support

Education and Training

Test Taking Tips

Sample Test Questions

Questions Related to the ECO

Task 1 – Develop Governance Standards

Governance and Its Functions

Another View

Sample Test Questions

Task 2 – Select Governance Model

Key Points

Governance Design Principles

Transformation Board Example

Task 3 – Apply Stage Gate Reviews

Task 4 – Monitor Benefits

Key Performance Indicators

Task 5 – Develop / Use the PMIS

PMIS Purpose

Typical PMIS Components

PMIS Considerations

Task 6 – Address Strategic Risks

Governance Structure for Risk Management

Importance of Proactive Risk Management

Task 7 – Establish Escalation Policies

An Escalation Process

Task 8 – Contribute to Lessons Learned

Types of Knowledge on Programs

The Importance of Knowledge Management to Program Management

Benefits of Knowledge Management to Program Management

Knowledge Management Approach

The Role of the PMO

Task 9 – Identify and Apply Lessons Learned

Task 10 – Maintain Strategic Alignment

Benefits of the Roadmap

Roadmap Example

Task 11 – Ensure Operational Alignment

Importance of the Program Integration Plan

Program Planning Overview

Example of an Integrated Program

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