GPM First

Program Management

I have chosen this selection of six chapters from our publishing to provide you with a useful stepping stone into the subject of program(me) management.
Chapter 1: Background and Definitions from Michel Thiry’s Program Management (Second Edition) answers the question what is a program (compared to a project) – surely the starting point for any exploration of the subject.
Chapter 3: Programme Organization and Governance from the first edition of Gower Handbook of Programme Management covers the structure and key documents associated with how programmes should be run.
Chapter 13: Global Program and Project Offices from Jean Binder’s Global Project Management explains the structure, role and value of this essential support function for projects, programs and portfolios.
Chapter 4: Uncertainty in Project and Programme Plans from David Cleden’s Managing Project Uncertainty tackles the key topics of complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity and how these can be mastered.
Chapter 8: Programme Assurance and Quality from the first edition of Gower Handbook of Programme Management shows you how to develop and implement a programme quality strategy.
Chapter 5: Benefits Management from the first edition of Gower Handbook of Programme Management explains the programme business case and how to identify, map and realise your benefits.
Finally I have included three links to external resources that you may find useful. The Association for Project Management ProgMSiG is a great starting point for advice; The Project Management Institute offers useful advice on What it Takes to be a Program Manager and the UK Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills advice on what is a programme and how does it differ from a project.


Chapter

Background and Definitions

From Program Management

Chapter

Programme organization and governance

From Gower Handbook of Programme Management

Chapter

Global Program and Project Offices

From Global Project Management

Chapter

Uncertainty in Project and Programme Plans

From Managing Project Uncertainty

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