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This is an odd organisational structure that you are expressing as if it is a functional program where the program manager acts as a coordinator.
Even in this case, you should have some people who do report directly to you. If you don’t, then just say 0 and when explaining the details of the program, explain why you have no one reporting to you for clarity.
direct reports is often understood as people in a department you lead.
In the context of a program organization the project managers should report to the program manager as outlined in the orgchart and the roles and responsibilities document. The project team members are then direct reports for the project managers, not you.
Programs and especially projects are temporary in nature. Programs may last longer but the projects from within a program usually finish in a few months or a few years.
Permanent employees however will generally remain in the organization even after the projects they are working on are finished. Or they can move from project to project, program to program or project/program to operational non project work and vice versa.
For the reasons above Project Managers usually don't have direct reports (the team members don't directly report to them) and they don't directly report to Program Managers either. What if a Project Manager manages in parallel two projects from different programs each program managed by a different Program Manager? To which Program Manager should such a Project Manager report?
Normally team members directly report to functional managers and project managers and program manager directly report to the head of the relevant project/program management department.
Some Project and Program Managers may have line management responsibilities for project management staff but their direct reports may not necessarily work on the same program as they do.
agree that program managers seldom have direct reports in the meaning of employee assignment to a manager.
As the context is program management certification, there might be another interpretation of direct report. Project managers who lead projects in a program, report to the program manager, who often also rakes the role of the project sponsor. In contrast to their project team, they report directly without an intermediary.
I agree with you, direct reports may not mean direct reports in the HR context but direct reports in the "program" context.
Normally Project and Program Management certifications should not require having direct reports in the traditional sense. Maybe this actually means how many project managers were working on the programs managed by the candidate.
Similarly for project managers this could mean how many team members were working on the managed projects even if there were no real direct reporting relationships.
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