Program and Project Management provides an effective way of delivering a strategic business plan through an established set of methods, tools, and techniques to lead change. stakeholdermap.comProject Management and Program Management is also a recognised career path - Program and project managers, project planners, project leaders, PMO etc. are qualified people with recognised certifications, and training paths - managed and supported by official associations like the project management institute.
Programs & projects provide the mechanism to deliver change
Programs and projects are designed to deliver the changes needed to meet business strategy.stakeholdermap.com
Adapted from Williams and Parr, 2004.
A strategy is broken into a portfolio of programs which deliver outcomes, the programs are further broken down into projects which deliver outputs. The outputs from projects enable benefits or outcomes to be realised by program management.
Why are Programs and projects so effective?OGC states that the successful management of change involves a number of activities which include:
- The establishment of a formal program to deliver the business change
- Ensuring that key individuals have explicit roles and responsibilities within the program
- The adoption of a structured project management approach
- Assurance that there are clear communication channels
- Assurance that projects are continually driven by the business case
Establishment of roles and responsibilities is built into project management lifecycles and supported by tools like the RACI Chart.
Project managers work to a structured approach be that a waterfall method like Prince2 or an agile method like Scrum. These approaches are supported by guidance a body of knowledge, tools and templates.
Alignment with the Business Case or strategic goals is built into project and program methodologies. Business case alignment is a prerequisite to prevent white elephant and pet projects.
OGC identify a number of factors for successful business change including:
- clear accountability,
- robust risk management,
- effective measurement and management of benefits,
- effective interaction with stakeholders,
- realistic timescales and
- sharing of lessons learned.