Course G: Managing Programmes in an Agile World



A goal-driven alignment of organisational changes and project results

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Course vision 
Programme Management is a structured way to implement corporate strategy through business change. To be successful, a programme needs to pursue a vision consistent with the strategic goals of the organisation, to establish a clear blueprint of the future organisation and to drive the realisation of business benefits. This all against a background of fast changes and the demand of agile ways of working.

The programme manager is the organising spider in the web, and adopts a role very different from that of a conventional project manager. Compared with Project Management, Programme Management requires leadership skills in getting stakeholders in various parts of the organisation to manage the necessary implementations and changes. As a programme manager, you rely on vision, empathy, and the art of ‘selling’ the desired state and all activities needed to get there, whilst not forgetting the rigor needed to manage complex interactions assuring that the development teams can achieve optimal performance.

Training method
To maximise the benefits from this course we work in an interactive manner and tailor the contents to the specific interests and experience of the attendees.

We use several teaching methods, including plenary presentations, articles, video’s, games and case studies to let participants master the concepts, plus group sessions for discussions.

Participants will be provided with a copy of “For successful Programme Management: Think MSP™ by OCG, Office of Government Commerce. ISBN 978-0-11-331063-0.

Training objectives
As a participant you will learn to:

  1. Promote the concept of programme management
    When, why, and how to use the approach;
    why it differs from project management and projects portfolio management
  2. Benefit from reference methods for programme management
    Know the methodology: “Managing Successful Programmes” (MSP) and understand how it can be combined with agile development and scrum instruments
  3. Manage the initiation of programmes taking the agile manifesto into consideration.
    Setting up a programme and defining outcomes and success factors
    as well as interactions with the business units within the mother organisation.
  4. Leadership and Control the execution of the programme.
    Establish the monitoring instruments, such as project portfolio management,
    benefit management and change management.
    Applying and adjusting leadership, direction, speed, and expectations
  5. Facilitate communication and negotiation
    Building strong teamwork taking multicultural aspects and complex differences of stakeholders interests into account.
  6. Realise benefits
    When are the benefits required from the programme realised by the organisation?
  7. Implement programme management in your organisation,
    including developing programme management using the capability check-up.

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Gerrit Koch

Programme Director
Van Aetsveld B.V.
The Netherlands



Mimoun Ing El Ouarti

Programme Manager
Governmental Interims at Ministery of Internal affaires and Kingdom Relations
The Netherlands

 Programme management

This book is part of the course material