28 PDUs
  “Innovation is the best way to create new wealth and sustainable competitive advantage”  
  The great management expert Peter Drucker observed many years ago that "Business has only two functions - innovation and marketing. This virtual program leadership world will enhance your competencies necessary to lead and collaborate with others on strategic programs and projects for business innovation. Programs and projects are key organizational structures that enable innovation to happen. Thus innovation program leadership becomes more than ensuring project goals are accomplished on time, under budget, and within scope. Innovation Program Leaders are now the crucial human capital that drives an organization to constantly recreate and sustain itself in a turbulent marketplace. This lab equips the participants with key processes and tools to understand and guide innovation initiatives.

Key Features

  • World class computer simulation by Management Worlds
  • Web collaboration methods and tools
  • Goal Directed Transformation Management
  • Innovation Assessment & Report
  • Assessments and Coaching

This lab challenges participants to startup and complete a complex program. It exposes participants to major issues faced by program leaders in their daily work such as developing and managing expectations with key stakeholders, balancing cost, schedule, and quality while dealing with crisis events. Participants will integrate critical management behaviors, such as planning, implementing, and using tools, with key leadership behaviors necessary for building working relationships with stakeholders and team members for program success.

What You Will Learn

Key competencies and behaviors of team leadership, strategic and tactical management, decision-making, and communications needed to deliver successful programs.

  • Create and use goal directed transformation plans for success
  • Improve team performance by recognizing when to focus on task and when to focus on relationship issues
  • Practice and improve systems thinking by developing adaptable program plans and identifying complex trade-offs in program decisions
  • Discover new strategies for maximizing results by understanding the short and long term consequences of program decisions
  • Improve effectiveness with stakeholders
  • Make better decisions in a timely manner by learning how to identify and deal with critical program information

How You Will Learn


Lab, participants will prepare for the web lab including an innovation organization assessment .  Assessment profiles will be a focus for practice and learning during the lab.

Participants will work remotely in our real time guided lab via our web conference service. As a member of a 3-4 person program leadership team, participants plan and implement a simulated program and project over several lab periods. Each simulated week of the program offers participants the opportunity to practice new approaches, reflect, learn lessons, and receive status updates from our sophisticated program management information system to make critical decisions for the future.  Participants confront and resolve an array of problems associated with customer interactions, a staff of varying personalities, knowledge, proficiencies, and experience, vendors, contractors, quality requirements, schedule commitments, tasks, and other typical program and project elements. The risks of completing on expectations, time, and budget are high and are not just random events but results from prior decisions made in previous simulated weeks. Participants learn how to deal with multiple program objectives and constraints. Participants learn to look outside their immediate area of responsibility and consider building capabilities for the overall organization and program.

Who Should Attend

PMO Leaders, Program Managers, Project Managers, Team Leaders and Members. A basic understanding of project management fundamentals is useful, but not required. The maximum number of participants is 16.

   "The best learning experience I've ever attended ...
... well worth my time"

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