Program Management Master Class with Michel Thiry

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to: 

  • Define alignment with organizational objectives and strategic goals.
  • Use value stream and DA concepts to streamline value delivery.
  • Actively manage business value and stakeholder benefits.


Program management is recognized as the best way to implement strategic initiatives and as a vehicle for organizational change. This training is updated to incorporate Disciplined Agile® (DA™) and value stream concepts into the management of programs. It is designed to link project outputs clearly and consistently to program outcomes and business benefits, creating a robust value stream that includes all the activities required to deliver value consistently.

This training covers the whole program life cycle—from formulation to integration. It reviews six key program performance domains: strategic alignment; stakeholder management; benefits management; governance management; decision management; and organizational change. Through a series of virtual group exercises based on real-life case studies, learners will become familiar with tools and techniques to realize strategic and business objectives by formulating and organizing a program, developing a sound business case, and delivering value.



    • Introduction
    • Program definitions
    • Program Standards & Types of Programs
    • Organizational & Program Context
    • Key Program Functions
    • Decision Management
    • Program Governance
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Change Management
    • Benefits Management
    • Maturity Assessment
    • Program Life Cycle
    • Outputs and key documents
    • Definition/ Formulation
    • Translate Strategic Objectives
    • Definition/ Formulation
    • Elaborate Benefits Map
    • Prioritize Objectives
    • Create Strategic Blueprint
    • Compile Business Case
    • Definition/ Preparation
    • Design Program Architecture
    • Engage Stakeholders 1
    • Finalize Program Scope
    • Benefits Realization Plan Activities
    • Finalize Program Plan
    • Deployment/ Capabilities Delivery
    • Plan and Authorize Components
    • Oversee and Integrate Components
    • Deployment/ Capabilities Transition
    • Transition & Close Components
    • Engage Stakeholders 2
    • Deployment/ Capabilities Integration
    • Support Business Integration
    • Manage Adaptive Change
    • Deployment/ Benefits Appraisal
    • Benefits Appraisal
    • Transition to Next Cycle
    • Closure
    • Manage Program Completion
    • Conclusions
    • Develop Sustainable Program 
    • Framework to Achieve Value

Great information! Loved the templates and case studies, ability to do hands-on learning in small groups, and seeing one business case through from start to finish.

The lessons were very insightful, and the practical exercises added to the benefit. I admire Michel’s pleasant demeanor and his approach to imparting knowledge. I would recommend this training course to others.

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 13.5 4 12 29.50
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 4 12 16.00
PMI-SP® 0 4 12 16.00
PMI-RMP® 3 4 12 19.00
PfMP® 0 4 12 16.00
PMI-PBA® 4 4 12 20.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Michel Thiry PhD, PMI Fellow

Michel Thiry has extensive worldwide experience and has worked in many cultural environments. He is recognized as a worldwide authority in strategic applications of project, program, and value at the organizational level and has supported the development and implementation of a number of strategic programs for major corporations in various fields, including construction, financial, pharmaceutical, IT and IS, telecom, water treatment, transportation (air and rail), local government, and others, using agile and change concepts. He is a regular keynote speaker for major International events, both at the academic and practice levels since 1996, and an instructor for PMI Training since 2001. He has written and lectured widely, including 27 PMI global congresses and multiple keynotes at PMI chapter annual conferences worldwide, and been invited to sit on expert panels in international academic and practitioner forums.

In 2013, PMI published a revised and updated version of his book A Framework for Value Management Practice. His 2010 book Program Management has been presented with an Award of Merit by the Canadian Project Management Association and is on PMI’s recommended list of readings for the PgMP® Exam. The second edition has just been published. In addition, he has written a number of book chapters on value, program and portfolio management in prominent PM books such as the Gower Handbook of Project Management, 3rd and 4th editions, and the Wiley Guide to Project, Program and Portfolio Management, published by Wiley (2007). He was also a contributing editor for PM Network from 2003 to 2008, a “significant contributor” to the PMI Standard for Program Management, 3rd Edition (2013), and was on the core team of the new PMI Practice Guide to Managing Change in Organizations (2013).

Michel has obtained an MSc in organizational behaviour with the School of Management and Organizational Behaviour at the University of London, and a PhD on the contextualisation of project organizations at Middlesex University. In 2006, he was elected PMI Fellow for his continued contribution to project management, and in 2007 he was nominated Fellow of the Association for Project Management. In 2008, he was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the Canadian Society of Value Analysis. In 2014, he was awarded the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to the practice of the profession, and leadership in advancing project management concepts, techniques, practices, or theories.

Training Information

15 - 18 July 2024
4 Days


Member Price
(US$2745.00 before 3 June)
Nonmember Price
(US$2945.00 before 3 June)
Government Price
Student Price

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