FPM-311 : Senior Federal Program / Project Management

CAM Program Senior Level

FPM-311   |   4 Days (32 Hrs.)

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Designed for industry/commercial acquisition professionals specializing in Federal programs, FPM-311: Senior Federal Program / Project Management addresses the Senior Level of the DAWIA- and FAI-based FAC-P/PM Competencies known as Requirements Development and Management Processes, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and Life Cycle Logistics. The course is also consistent with and emphasizes many of the topics addressed in the PMBOK® Knowledge Areas of: Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, and Risk Management.

Course Overview

Educational Focus

This course addresses the Senior Level of the DAWIA‐ and FAI‐based FAC‐P/PM Competencies known as Requirements Development and Management Processes, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and Life Cycle Logistics. The course is also consistent with and emphasizes many of the topics addressed in the PMBOK® Knowledge Areas of: Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, and Risk Management.

As a Senior Level course, it reviews but goes considerably beyond the concepts presented in the Entry- and Mid-levels of the FAC-P/PM program. Various aspects of Federal program and project management are addressed, including:

  • Developing Requirements based on project needs
  • Participating in Concept Selection
  • Performing Market Research in line with FAR Parts 10 and 12
  • Understanding and implementing Core project management skills
  • Managing Risk and Opportunities throughout the project
  • Fostering open Communications among all stakeholders
  • Organizing working groups and teams
  • Additional topics addressed by this course include:
    • Understanding the technical processes and technical management processes of Systems Engineering
    • Creating an integrated T&E strategy, including operational test and evaluation
    • Managing Life Cycle Logistics, product support, and interoperability

A DoD‐oriented version of this class, PPM‐311(D), can also be offered to Defense‐oriented students. The main difference between the standard PPM‐311 course and PPM‐311(D) is the use of a DoD‐centered assessment tool throughout the 311(D) course. Discussions and examples employed throughout the course are also more DoD‐based.

ALTA Learning Methodology

In addition to lecture and Q&A, this class provides a true adult learning experience by utilizing various other teaching modalities:

  • Students use an extensive self-assessment tool throughout class to determine personal and organizational strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students practice the skills they are learning throughout the course through the use of various experiential, hands-on Exercises.
  • Students demonstrate their knowledge by creating and presenting personalized end-of-class Action Plans, which provide a structured path to quickly transfer classroom concepts to their work environments.

Who Should Attend

  • Industry Acquisition Professionals specializing in Federal Programs, Program / Project Management Professionals, and Financial Professionals
  • Anyone looking for DAWIA‐ or FAC‐P/PM‐based Federal Acquisition Management training credentials
  • Anyone who works with the Federal government and is looking to earn their PMP® certification
  • PMP® certification holders looking to better understand the Federal acquisition regulations and processes

Competencies Addressed

This course addresses both PMBOK Knowledge areas as well as 4 of the 7 Senior-level FAC-P/PM competencies required by FAI.

PMBOK Knowledge Areas

  • Scope Management
  • Risk Management
  • Time Management
  • Quality Management
  • Integration Management

FAC-P/PM Competencies

Fully verified by FAI, FPM-311 covers all learning objectives for the FAC-P/PM Senior-level Competencies of “Requirements Development / Management Processes,” “Systems Engineering,” “Test & Evaluation,” and “Life Cycle Logistics.”

FAC-P/PM Competency Mapping

PPM-311 Competency Mapping

Course Topics & Modules

  • I. Why Are We Here?
    • Program background and introduction
    • Current OMB and Presidential initiatives
    • Individual introductions and expectations
  • II. Overview of Performance-Based Acquisition (PBA)
    • Explain the objectives of PBA
    • Ensure performance is in accordance with essential elements of PBA
    • Review Documents used in PBA
    • Manage 7 steps to effective PBA
  • III. Requirements Development Process
    • Identification, assessment, and prioritization of needs
    • Analysis of material and non-material solutions
    • Development of Key Performance Parameters, Thresholds, and Objectives
  • IV. Concept Selection Process
    • Conduct an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)
    • Perform Net Present Value (NPV) using OMB A-94
    • Establish effective performance metrics
    • Develop a Technology Development Strategy (TDS)
  • V. Technology Development Process
    • Turn needs into requirements
    • Establish KPP’s, Thresholds, Objectives, and Trade-Space
    • Establish an Acquisition Program Baseline (APB)
    • Ensure effective Systems Engineering/T&E Program
    • Prepare an effective Acquisition Strategy
    • Analyze performance using the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)
  • Core Management Skills and Processes
    • Establish a Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) approach
    • Ensure the development of an Integrated Master Plan
    • Develop effective Project Management Skills
      • Work Breakdown Structure
      • Project Scheduling
      • Resource Allocation
      • Earned Value Management System
  • VII. Total Ownership Cost
    • Definition of TOC vs. LCC
    • Estimating techniques
    • Dealing with risk and uncertainty
    • Business Case analysis
    • Constant‐year and Then‐year dollars
    • Sources of funds – Appropriations and their uses
  • VIII. Risk and Opportunity Management
    • Plan, assess, handle, and monitor risk
    • Use the appropriate tools for decision-making with uncertainty
    • Prioritize risks
    • Mitigate risk
    • Track and manage risk
    • Use the WBS to identify and manage risk
  • IX. Market Research
    • Using FAR Parts 10 and 12
    • Use of commercial items
    • Use of non-developmental items
    • Socioeconomic considerations
  • X. Communications Management
    • Ensure the sharing and communication of Lessons Learned
    • Demonstrate ability to use correct oral and written skills
    • Manage the effective dissemination of information internally and externally
    • Demonstrate effective briefing skills
  • XI. Working Groups and Teams
    • Knowledge of the functions of membership in a working group / IPT
    • Demonstrate knowledge of team development functions
  • XII. Overview / Tutorial on Total Life Cycle Systems Management
    Ensure that the TLCSM process:
    • Integrates Systems Engineering, Test & Evaluation, and Life Cycle Logistics
    • Uses performance-based strategies
    • Maintains single point of accountability
    • Increases reliability and decreases logistics footprint
  • XIII. Technical Management Processes
    • Oversee the use of advanced decision analysis methods
    • Manage technical assessment and technical performance measurement
    • Manage life cycle processes using systems engineering discipline
    • Manage risk and opportunity
    • Manage interfaces and configurations
    • Manage technical data
  • XIV. Technical Process
    • Oversee the requirements development process
    • Evaluate the answer to the question, “Did you build the right thing?”
    • Assess the development of logical solutions
    • Ensure selection of the right design
    • Evaluate the integration of lower level elements into a higher level solution
  • XV. Test & Evaluation
    • Manage a comprehensive, integrated T&E process, including effective use of modeling and simulation
    • Review and assess the Test and Evaluation Strategy and a Test and
    • Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)
    • Ensure the management of a realistic Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) process
    • Confirm the answer to the question, “Did you build it right?
  • XVI. Life Cycle Logistics
    • Review the management of a Life Cycle Logistics process for effective product support and interoperability
    • Evaluate the Use of effective supply chain management and the latest commercial practices
    • Assess the management of a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for system support
  • XVII. Student Action Plan Presentation
    • Students will deliver a written presentation indicating the effectiveness of organizational implementation of acquisition and program management techniques an Action Plan for improvements they intend to implement upon return to work

Training Hours/Credits Earned

Standard Class Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Credits Earned
32 CLPs
32 PDUs (Course approved by PMI® and is eligible for PDU credit)
3.2 CEUs

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