Project Management Institute

Program Management Master Class with Michel Thiry


Topics: Strategic Planning and Implementation | Benefits Realization | Change Management

Program management is now universally recognized as the best way to implement strategic initiatives and as a vehicle for organizational change. This seminar is designed for to help deliver value to stakeholders and will clearly link program and component projects to business' strategic objectives to show how to measure success and create value. The seminar covers the whole program life-cycle from formulation to transition. It reviews six key program performance domains: strategic alignment, stakeholder and benefits management, governance and decision management as well as organizational change. Through a series of group exercises based on a real life case studies, participants will learn techniques to realize strategic and business objectives by formulating and organizing a program, and developing a sound business case and manage the program.

Pre-Work: 1.5 hours.  Attendees are required to review materials and submit a summary.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define alignment with organizational objectives and strategic goals.

  • Demonstrate capability to oversee multiple interrelated projects.

  • Prepare project definition and initiation, project management assignment.

  • Analyze use of program resources to ensure benefits delivery.

  • Plan for change and make decisions to realize strategic and business objectives.

  • Actively manage business value and stakeholders' benefits.

  • Assess why, when and how to use program management.

  • Organize the development of a program framework and culture.

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®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.
Technical Leadership Strategic Total
CAPM / 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
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Seminar Instructor(s)


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 a seminar leader for PMI's SeminarsWorld® 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.

Course Information

4 Days
5 - 8 October 2020


Member Price
(US$2884.00 before 24 August)
Non-Member Price
(US$3090.00 before 24 August)
Government Pricing

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