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Management of Major Programs (UMTPM279)   Register Online

One of the great challenges of the 21st century is managing large scale work efforts. Increasingly, managers find themselves in situations where they are responsible for carrying out project implementations that are far larger and more complex than in the past.

This course goes beyond standard project management theory and practice to examine what it takes to manage truly major programmatic efforts. Because virtually all of the principal tools of program management emerged in the government sector, the course looks at the government’s approach to managing programs, including guidance from OMB Circular A-109 (Major System Acquisition), A-11 (Budget Cycle), ANSI/EIA 649 and Mil-Hdbk-61A (Configuration Management), Mil-Hdbk-881 (WBS construction), ANSI/748 (Earned Value Management), and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). It illustrates principles and practices with real world examples, including: specific military programs, space programs, the Hong Kong airport project, a $1.3 billion project to develop telecommunications infrastructure in a major company, programs to revamp computer networking capabilities in global firms.


To learn the tools and techniques to help people manage large, complex programs over their life cycle. Attention focuses on managing portfolios of multiple projects, establishing a program office, and understanding program management principles espoused by the US government.
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