Advanced Project Management: Understanding the Project, Program, and Portfolio Architecture

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Project and construction managers are at the leading edge of delivering benefits to an organization. But how does one’s efforts fit in the bigger picture? And why do you even need to know the bigger picture? This interactive, online course will define project, program and portfolio management, as well as explore the key differences and interactions. This course will also introduce you to the concept of benefits realization management and how the project, program, and portfolio hierarchy can be used to bring strategy to life and ensure more successful projects. This course will help professionals both new to, and experienced in, project management. Whether you’re new to project management, or have been practicing it for some time, understanding the hierarchy of project, program and portfolio management will help you take your skills to the next level. (Intermediate - 1 hour).

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define project management, program management, and portfolio management and recognize the differences and relationships between the three areas.
  • Conceptually apply the processes and knowledge areas of project management, program management, and portfolio management to work you currently manage. 
  • Define what benefits realization management and appraise how you can use it to deliver benefits more effectively in your projects.
  • Identify how projects, programs, and portfolios enable organizations to turn strategy into actionable components.

Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP

Christian Knutson, P.E., PgMP, PMP, is a senior civil engineer and program management practitioner, adjunct professor, author and podcaster.  His experience in infrastructure engineering, program delivery, facility management, leadership and international cooperation spans the globe with more than two decades in the military, civil service and the private sector and is shared routinely through his writings.

Over Knutson’s career, he’s developed core skills to effectively lead teams and organizations, negotiate on projects and programs, and achieve success on high-stake infrastructure projects for clients in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

Knutson is a U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters, Business Administration from Colorado State University. You'll find his writings on LiquidPlanner.com Blog, The Engineering Career Coach and General Leadership websites. He is also the co-host of the popular Engineering Career Coach - cited by Forbes as one of the 15 most inspiring podcasts for professionals – and the Civil Engineering podcast.  He currently lives near Cambridge, England.

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