FPM 331 : Progressive Concepts in Program Management

FAC-P/PM Program Senior Level

FPM 331   |   4 Days (32 Hrs.)

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Designed specifically for professionals earning their Senior/Expert level FAC-P/PM certifications, FPM 331 is fully FAI-verified as meeting all OFPP / FAI v2.1 Performance Outcomes for the following training Competencies: "Requirements Development / Management Processes,” “Systems Engineering,” “Test & Evaluation,” and “Life Cycle Logistics.”

Course Overview

Educational Focus

This course focuses on the specific skills and concepts that a senior Federal program or project manager must master in order to lead his or her agency’s “major” acquisition programs and projects.

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

  • Developing Requirements based on project needs
  • Participating in Concept Selection
  • Technology Developments
  • 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

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

  • Project Managers with 4 or more years of experience in Project Management
  • Those responsible for large, high-risk projects

FAC-P/PM Competencies Addressed

Fully verified by FAI, FPM 331 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-301 Competency Mapping

Course Topics & Modules

  • I. Why Are We Here?
    • Program background and introduction
    • Current OMB and Presidential initiatives
    • Student self-assessment tools
  • II. Overview of Federal IT Initiatives
    • Explain implications of 25 Point Plan to Reform IT Management
    • Understand components of Clinger-Cohen IT Management Reform Act
    • Overview of FAC Academy Guide For Investment Decision Making
    • Overview of Portfolio Stat and other Federal IT Initiatives
    • Understand Enterprise Architecture Principles and basics of Lifecycle Management
  • III. Requirements Development Process
    • Overview of Strategic Planning
    • Overview of Capital Programming including required Exhibits 300 and 54
    • Identification, assessment, and prioritization of needs and solution approaches
    • Development of Key Performance Parameters
  • IV. Market Research and Concept Selection Process
    • Understand FAR Parts 10 and 12 guidance on use of commercial items and non-developmental items and Socioeconomic considerations
    • Overview of Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) including difference in IT development approaches and Business Process Reengineering
    • Overview of Life Cycle Costs and Total Ownership Costs
    • Overview of Net Present Value (NPV) using OMB A-94
    • Overview of Decision Analysis/Scoring Methods to select among alternatives
  • V. Core Management Skills and Processes
    • Understand the tools and techniques of building an Integrated Master Plan
    • Practice Project Management Skills in:
      • Building a Work Breakdown Structure
      • Preparing a Project Scheduling
      • Performing Resource Management
      • Establishing the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB)
      • Establish effective change control and configuration control processes
  • VI. Risk and Opportunity Management
    • Understand the nature and terminology of risk
    • Effectively plan for, identify, assess, develop responses for, and monitor risk
  • VII. Communications Management
    • Identify and effectively manage stakeholder’s communication needs
    • Ensure the sharing and communication of Lessons Learned
    • Demonstrate ability to use correct oral and written skills
  • VIII. Working Groups and Teams
    • Manage the development of the members in a working group / IPT
    • Demonstrate knowledge of team development functions
  • IX. Overview of Total Life Cycle Systems Mangement (TLCSM) and Systems Engineering
    • Understand basics of the TLCSM process
    • Provide a Systems Engineering/T&E Overview
    • Provide an Overview of Technology Development Strategy (TDS) and Technology Development approaches
    • Explain the objectives, performance requirements, documents and seven steps of PBA
    • Provide an Overview of SE and the Technical Processes
    • Oversee the requirements development process
    • Evaluate the answer to the question, “Did you build the right thing?”
    • Ensure selection of the right design and development approach
    • 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
  • X. 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?”
  • XI. 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
    • Understand Performance Based Logistics components and concepts
  • XII. Student Action Plan
    • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the material covered in the class by presenting an oral Action Plan describing the improvements they intend to implement upon returning 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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