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Riding the Waves of Change: Project and Program Management for the New Energy Economy

PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SKILLS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY VITAL FOR NEW AND MID-CAREER ENERGY PROFESSIONALS.  One core competency that public, non-profit and private energy management organizations are seeking from job applicants is “demonstrated project and program management skills for designing, executing and monitoring energy programs for high returns on investment and stakeholder benefits." This course will help you acquire targeted management tools and become a more effective project and program manager. 

Course Takeaways:

  • Be able to organize complex programs and projects and manage multi-tiered teams spanning large territories.  Learn how to manage and budget complex programs and projects using appropriate performance and communications protocols.
  • Understand how and why different types of programs and projects require different management approaches and communication strategies.  See how different regulatory frameworks can affect program design?  
  • Learn what management strategies are the most effective to manage multiple programs or projects successfully.

Course Highlights:

This course:

  • Explores practical concepts and tools.  It creatively adapts generic program and project management frameworks to solve real energy sector challenges and opportunities.
  • Builds upon energy management best practices. It introduces time-tested and emerging project and program management tools.
  • Delivers practical insights from respected industry professionals. Seasoned industry practitioners will use case studies and realistic simulations to help you understand how to prepare for and manage uncertainty and risk.


Day One

  • The Emerging Context of Energy Efficiency Program Management
  • Our Learning Resources and Learning Objectives
  • Rapid Refresher of Project Management Concepts and Practices
  • Bridging from Energy Efficiency Projects to Programs: Case Application

Day Two

  • Program Management Core Concepts: Benefits, Stakeholders and Governance
  • Program Benefits Management: Case Application of Logic Diagrams integrated with Risk Mitigation
  • Program Stakeholder Management: Case Application of a Convening Team

Day Three

  • Successful Program Governance: Case Application of Implementation and Evaluation including Net-to-Gross Concepts
  • Fishbowl Case Presentations, Critiques and Wrap-up

About the Instructors:

Jim Thayer is a Development/Government Relations Professional with 15 years decades of city, state and federal government relations experience, and a decade of international sales and distribution expertise. In 2007, Jim decided that the next major challenge facing our region would be to design and implement a more sustainable economic model. This transformation, in his opinion, would be largely waged through the medium of energy management and a concomitant transformation of society's attitudes to adopt a more sustainable development strategy. During his three years at the Cadmus Group’s Portland-based Energy Services Group (ESG), he participated in Cadmus’ new business “gating” committee that reviews all new business opportunities. In this capacity, he helped to identify growth markets that represented strategic opportunities for growth. He was responsible for developing the firm’s new consulting practice addressing carbon management/sustainability and climate.

Marcus Ingle is a Professor of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, and Director for International Public Service in the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI). Dr. Ingle joined ELI in 2003 following many years of experience with the U.S. Government, the University of Maryland at College Park, and international consulting companies. Prior to joining ELI, he directed the USAID Regional Infrastructure Program for Water and Sanitation in eight countries of South East Europe with Booz Allen & Hamilton. Prior to that, Dr. Ingle served as Chief of Party for the Vietnam Highways Management Improvement Project in Hanoi financed through the Asian Development Bank.  Dr. Ingle is a specialist in global leadership and management including participatory and sustainability techniques for urban and rural water, transport and environmental programs. For fifteen years, Dr. Ingle taught an annual graduate seminar at American University on various management topics including "The Use of the Logical Framework for Project Design Implementation and Evaluation," "Sustaining the Benefits of Development Projects: Innovative Management Techniques," and "Commercializing Public Sector Organizations: What Techniques can Government Agencies Adapt from Successful Enterprises."