This paper explores the development of program management out of project management and defines program management as "a set of related projects with a common strategic goal or aim". The author sees this as a tool to bridge the gap between corporate strategy and projects. He describes the reasons why program management is so important, what it is, and the key processes and roles involved. He makes reference to the literature and in particular to the guide "Managing Successful Programs" (MSP), the most definitive work in the UK on the subject.
The MSP guide is available from http://www.theprojectshop.co.uk and more information about its owner, the Office of Government Commerce can be found at http://www.ogc.gov.uk. The MSP guide describes program management as a pragmatic, robust management approach. It helps organizations to deliver and realize the required benefits, innovation, and new ways of working that will ensure success with major projects and programs of business change. The paper is therefore about the implementation of corporate strategy and the general principles of program management that have been developed and applied in recent years.
Part 1 of this paper covers some of the wider aspects of program management, as follows:
Part 2 of this paper will look at some of the specifics of MSP and related issues such as:
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