Guide to Successful Program Management
12 Ways to Make Your Program Deliver on Time, on Target, and on Budget
Managing a program or project is tough business.
Programs continue to grow larger and more
complex every year—and the probability of failure
increases accordingly. The media is always trumpeting
these failures, often at the expense of the
First things first—what is the difference between
program management and project management?
These terms are often incorrectly used interchangeably.
Though similar, there is a distinction
that was clarified by the Project Management
Institute in its Project Management Body of
Knowledge (PMBOK) industry guide. Broadly, a
program consists of the total resources required
to deliver and satisfy stated goals. Program
usually infers an ongoing activity. A project is a
temporary endeavor to create a unique product
or service. It is a subset of a program; programs
are made up of projects. Each program should be
managed in accordance with the best business
practices for cost, schedule, and goals.
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