Programme and Project Governance

Face-to-face duration: 1 day
PDU's: 8

Course Objectives

To progress up the corporate ladder, people have to prove themselves as effective managers of operational processes Increasingly, it is being recognised worldwide that competence in operational management is not a predictor of success in governance of change initiatives. This briefing provides an overview of portfolio, programme and project (P3) governance.

The briefing is presented as a series of modules, each designed as a valuable introduction to the core aspects of the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) or Sponsor role. Each module introduces a variety of concepts, tools and techniques that are required to undertake this role and together they provide a comprehensive understanding of the SRO’s role and responsibilities within a P3 environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand P3 governance of change initiatives
  • Understand the critical role of the SRO in project and programme success
  • Relate and differentiate P3 governance from the Executive role
  • Establish a vision and strategy for a change initiative
  • Ensure effective stakeholder engagement
  • Be aware of the key tools and processes for effective control of change initiatives


This course is ideal for all senior managers responsible for governance of change initiatives, particularly those taking a Senior Responsible Owner (or Sponsor) role.


  • Implementation of the benefits life cycle.
  • Deliverables versus benefits.
  • Strategic stakeholder identification and analysis.
  • Business requirements sources.
  • A forced approach to thinking about the potential benefits obtainable from each requirement.
  • A useful tool linking each potential benefit to a specific stakeholder.
  • Applying metrics to the benefits.
  • Estimated benefits achievement schedule.
  • Total value of the benefits to the business.
  • Value gap analysis.
  • Identifying tangible benefits and making intangible benefits tangible.
  • Post project benefits reporting.
  • Post Program implementation review to verify the business case ROI projections.


It is expected that students participating in this course already have some thorough knowledge and practical experience in the application of project management principles. Also an appropriate level of competency in leading and directing the project as identified with the tasks, knowledge, and skills in project management.


This course is targeted at those who are seeking to develop their skills and knowledge in project management and seeking to be employed as:

  • project manager (generic)
  • project manager (industry specific)
  • project portfolio manager
  • program manager
  • business analyst
  • Senior managers accountable for making investment decisions


  • The role of the SRO
    • The nature of governance; giving direction and providing leadership
    • Differentiating between the SRO and Sponsor roles
    • SRO accountability for successful delivery, cohesive outcomes and benefits realisation; the Business Case as a key governance tool
  • The SRO working with people
    • Engagement with stakeholders by the SRO and other key stakeholders
    • How people react to change
    • Stakeholder engagement and communication
    • Selection and Appointment of a Programme / Project Manager
  • Identifying and defining a project or programme
    • Clearly identifying, defining and articulating the purpose of the programme or project
    • Establishing an environment that will maximise the chances of success
  • The P3 delivery journey
    • Governance across the P3 lifecycles; decision gates
    • Intervention by the SRO during delivery
    • Recognising and effecting closure of a Programme or Project


"The Student Manual is a logical, carefully thought through and well presented document. The face-to-face facilitators are helpful, patient, knowledgeable and passionate. Thank you for the time and effort that blueVisions have put into preparing and supporting this course."

David Thorpe iiNet Australia

"Your personal contribution to our training has been invaluable. Your infectious high spirits and genuine want for our success have shone through. I sincerely thank you for your efforts over the past two years."

Stephen Davies Group Manager, Construction Services Group, NSW

"Your course made me realise how irrelevant what I was learning through my university course actually was to my job. Due to this, I will be seeking to complete the remainder of the modules in this diploma through blueVisions."

Damien Bleeker Project Coordinator, Liverpool City Council, NSW

"Thank you for a wonderful course....This has been by far the best development course I've ever been a part of."

David Darcy LSPSPO - Defence Materiel Organisation

"Having sat in at various times in both courses, as well as being present for the final summary and feedback sessions I was really impressed with the positive feedback and outcomes. The blueVisions trainers did an awesome job and really motivated and inspired both groups. The level of the course was spot on for each group."

Brian Clarke Leadership Development Coordinator, Gasco