Advancing Program management
Authors: Harold Ainsworth
Advancing Program Management is designed to assist managers to put in place the essential elements of a Program Management approach that will ensure their project investments deliver the planned business value. This will include appropriate Governance, selecting Program Managers with the applicable skills, and a suitable Program Framework that include a fit for purpose life-cycle with useful tools and techniques that focus on value delivery.
Program Management involves moving beyond the delivery focus of project management and effectively coordinating the related projects required to deliver business outcomes. This approach will ensure that both the necessary business change is planned and managed, and the resulting business outcomes and benefits are also planned and achieved for all of the projects in the program.
Program Management moves beyond the decomposition mindset to a systems approach that understands the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and that the successful program manager is not a micromanager of project managers but a person who understands the whole picture and how deliverables, intermediate and final outcomes combine to produce business value. It deals with the inherent messiness of the organizations in which we operate and seek to achieve beneficial results.