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University System of Maryland

Program Management: Enabling Value Driven Change

University System of Maryland via edX Professional Certificate


The execution of strategies in the changing world of work is going through an evolution. This transition is getting faster and more complex. Tomorrow’s leaders and program managers have not been created yet. At the center of their creation is developing the adaptive mindsets that see opportunities in chaos, connect and unite hearts, and apply focused resilient execution that achieves meaningful benefits faster. The future program managers are going to possess big picture, strategic and integration capabilities and a crystal-clear focus on value. They must be able to achieve this across a set of the moving components of change initiatives.

As leaders, program managers must connect teams of teams, across multiple projects, to discover and deliver sustainable business solutions and create with their teams the next practices. Accomplishing efficient and effective program work for their organization requires integrative thinking and can be overwhelming without the frameworks, program management tools, and skills that this program management certificate provides.

This certificate takes a global perspective and brings life to the principles and practices of successful program management. This enables professionals and their organizations to experience the potential this discipline brings to the way people work. Program participants learn the understanding of how the strategic plans and organizational cultures become more execution aligned and how to enhance the experiences encountered by their customers and other stakeholders.

A multitude of capabilities around managing and leading change, integration aptitude, strategy execution, and relentless focus on achieving customer centricity and value, will be demonstrated.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Program Management Fundamentals – Governing with Excellence to Drive Strategic Change

Learn the practices behind program delivery excellence, stretch your ability to connect program stakeholders to purpose, achieve meaningful change, stay focused on the program’s mission, then drive integration successfully across program teams. Overall program understanding will be accomplished with strong links to portfolio management and project management.

Course 2: The Program Manager – Applying Power Skills and Digital Enablers to Create Continual Change

Learn the practices surrounding the creation of a healthy change culture, explore the power and leadership skills future leaders must possess, appreciate how various leadership roles and digitalization contributes to program managers’ success, and practice how to become an effective leader and balance the human and connected demands for the future of work.

Course 3: The Program Management Office (PMO) - The Strategy Execution Arm

Learn to create a value-driven way of working that is hybrid and focused on the fitting context for program teams’ success. Explore the project management methodologies and skills needed to build risk-based, light governance for making fast, quality decisions; and how the PMO drives resource allocation and creates the enterprise learning engine for guiding continual program delivery improvements.

Course 4: Creating an Organizational Change Management Framework - Transforming Strategy Execution to Realize Program Value

Learn the key ingredients of realizing program value, enable managing change across complex stakeholders and understand the change management processes. Successfully implementing change is built on healthy project management and strategy execution practices and connecting the dots across change initiatives while working closely with the management team. Achieving the buy-in of key stakeholders by building on best practices techniques like Kotter is necessary to become the future change scientist. Successful change is the art and practice of creating and testing changes that can be scaled up across the enterprise, and exploring and mastering the achievement of sponsorship for the aspired change management model. You will learn to develop the sense of urgency that differentiates you and your team members as you work on leading change resulting from complex missions such as new technology and mergers and acquisitions. Setting clear change milestones and using proven change methodologies will help you adapt to meet the ever-increasing speed of change in stakeholder demands and focus on profitability.


Taught by

Al Zeitoun


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