Programme Management in practice
Programme management is a structured method for managing change processes with programme management as a tool.
A program is not only a major project but also an initiative for targeted change, focusing on results and benefits. Programme management or management of programs is the process that manages multiple related projects, often aiming to improve an organisation’s performance. In practice and in its objective, programme management is often closely linked to systems engineering, industrial engineering companies, change management and business transformation.
The program manager and programme management
The program manager oversees the project’s purpose and status in a program.
The program manager can use this supervision to keep the activity and level up and ensure that the objectives are met. It can be done at the project level or by giving the project manager a program perspective when needed.
The program manager should be responsive to ideas and approaches for solving project problems with programme implications.
Many programs focus on delivering the ability to change and are usually designed to deliver the organisation’s strategy or business transformation.
Programme management also emphasises the coordination and prioritisation of resources across different projects, management of links between the projects, and the overall costs and risks related to the programme.
Projects and programs
A programme is a group of related projects administered in a coordinated way to achieve benefits and control.
It is not to manage the projects individually. Programs can include elements of associated work outside the scope of the projects in the program.
Some projects within a programme can provide the organisation with useful solutions and benefits before the programme itself is completed.
Program managers should not interfere in individual projects but should leave the project management for the project managers. However, program managers may have to deal with conflicts, allocating resources and knowledge-sharing among the managed projects
Programs in organisations
Many organisations only operate with one program at a time, one program with all their projects.
In the Project Management Institute terminology, this is more likely to be a project portfolio than a program.
Some larger organisations may have multiple programs, each designed to deliver several improvements. Some organisations use the notion Systems Engineering, where others use Programme Management.
MSP and Programme Management
MSP is a structured method for managing change processes with programme management as a tool.
A program is not only a major project but also an initiative for targeted change, focusing on results and benefits.
MSP provides a framework to lead a programme with multiple related projects and activities in a logical and organized way. MSP is designed as a series of processes that indicate the different management decisions made at essential times in a program’s life cycle.
MSP contributes to control and ownership in the programme.
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