PgM Fundamentals Study Group

THE NORTHEAST CHAPTER OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (PMINEO) PROVIDES CLASSES to help experienced project managers to learn the fundamentals of program management.

Course Information

Organizations deliver business value through effective use of portfolio, programs and projects. A program is defined as related projects, subsidiary programs, and program activities managed in a coordinated manner to obtain benefits not available from managing them individually.

From a Project Manager career development perspective, Program Management is the next logical step for experienced Project Managers. While successful Project Managers have a firm grasp on the technical and soft skills required to manage a project successfully, managing programs requires a much different skillset.

Program Managers must develop a strategic mindset an essential skill for organizations to succeed in an environment of continual change. The Program Manager must apply the knowledge, skills, and principles across program life cycle to achieve program objectives and align program goals to organization strategy. There is a growing demand for Program Managers. In 2016, US Federal government passed Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA). The legislation was passed to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development within Federal government.

In this training, you will learn the fundamentals of program management and the framework to manage end to end program life cycle. The course also discusses the program management skills and principles required to manage uncertainty, navigate complexity, and implement change in the program environment. This enables the Program Manager to optimize the delivery of program benefits.

The training is also aligned with PMI Program Management Standards (4th edition) and will help you prepare for Program Management Certification. The classes are not dedicated towards PgMP certification however, participants interested in obtaining the PgMP certification are encouraged to attend this fundamentals training to learn concepts.

The classes include shared perspectives, lively discussion, easy to grasp concepts and materials. The course is an exceptional value for PMINEO members.

Also, if you are an existing PMP, experienced PM and want to earn PDU's by learning program management fundamentals that would enable your career progression, please consider registering.

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Feb 15 – Mar 29

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Course Details

  • PDU's: Attendees will receive 2 PDU's / Learning Credits for each session they attend. Maximum of 10 credits if all 5 sessions are attended.
  • Group meets: Every Thursday evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for 5 weeks.
  • Certification Details: Please read the handbooks for the PgMP to learn more about these certifications.
  • Registration and Cost: Free for PMINEO Members and Progressive employees; $25 for all others
  • Co-Sponsor: Progressive Insurance – Ganesh Kumar - is the primary contact.
  • Where: Progressive Insurance - Woods Building, 300 North Commons Blvd. Mayfield Village, OH 44143.
  • Agenda: Each week we will focus on a performance domain or program life cycle phase.

About the Instructor: Ganesh Kumar

Ganesh Kumar is currently working as a Portfolio Manager in Progressive Insurance, leading Portfolio of projects and Integration of two organizations. He has been working in Progressive for 10 years. Ganesh has over 20 years of Information Technology experience with multiple global Fortune 500 companies and working in the areas of Portfolio, Program and Project Management for 15 years. Ganesh has successfully led large complex programs and projects with budget totaling over $40 million dollars spanning team sizes of over 300 members.

Ganesh is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2006 and is one of 15 people in the state of Ohio who is certified in Program Management Professional (PgMP) since 2017.

Ganesh is a member of PMINEO who led establishment of PMI Military program in Northeast Ohio and currently serving as a VP of Marketing.

About the PgMP

As a program manager, you’re a senior-level practitioner on the forefront of advancing your organization’s strategic goals. You manage multiple, related projects in a coordinated way, achieving benefits that could not occur if the projects were handled separately.

Your leadership is instrumental. With program management maturity, an organization’s projects are far more successful than without it — 76 percent compared to 54 percent according to our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® is a visible sign of your advanced experience and skill and gives you a distinct advantage in employment and promotion.

Who Should Apply?

If you have the proven ability to manage multiple, related projects and navigate complex activities that span functions, organizations, regions or cultures and to align results with organizational goals, then you’re a potential PgMP.

For more information refer to PMI PgMP handbook here.

PgMP Prerequisites

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 6,000 hours of project management experience
  • 10,500 hours of program management experience
  • Four-year degree
  • 6,000 hours of project management experience
  • 6,000 hours of program management experience
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