What is Program Management?

  • Program management is the centralized coordinated management of a program to achieve the program’s strategic benefits and objectives.
  • In addition, themes to help ensure the successful accomplishment of the program. These themes are: benefits management, stakeholder management, and program governance.
  • Good program management requires visionary, entrepreneurial, and motivational zeal, combined with sound management processes.

•   Program Management focuses on the project interdependencies and helps to determine the optimal approach for managing them: ,

–Resolving resources constrain and/or conflicts that affect multiple projects within the system.
–Aligning organizational/ strategy direction that affects project and program goal & objective.
–Resolving issues and change management within a shared governance structure, not jut only administration or logistic or even  financial only.

  • The Relationship Between Program Management and Project Management:
•During a program’s life cycle, projects are initiated and the program manager oversees and provides direction and guidance to the project managers.
•Program managers coordinate efforts between projects but do not manage them.
•the interactions between program and project domains tend to be cyclical. Information flows from the program to the projects in the early phases (initiating and planning) and then flows from the projects to the program in the later phases of executing, controlling and closing.
  • A Program is a group of related projects managed in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control not available from managing them individually.
  • Programs, like projects, are a means of achieving organizational goals and objectives, often in the context of a strategic plan.
  • A Program may link projects in various other ways, including the following:

● Interdependencies of tasks among the projects

● Resource constraints that may affect projects within the program

● Risk mitigation activities that impact the direction or delivery of multiple projects

● Change in organizational direction that affects the work of projects and their relationships to other projects and work

● Escalation point for issues, scope changes, quality, communications management, risks, or program interfaces/dependencies.

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