Project Management

Program Management Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

April 12, 2017 11:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)

Platform: Adobe Connect
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Duration: 60 min
Presenter: S. Ramani


Support: Earning PDUs | Tips For Attendees

Quite a few organizations are adept in implementing projects. When they scale up to executing programs, many of them face initial difficulties.

The typical issues faced by many organizations during program relate to the following:

  1. For companies who are new to program management, the differentiation between a program and group of projects (or a large project) is hazy. They do not recognize that program lifecycle is quite different from the project lifecycle and ought to be handled differently.
  2. Correspondingly the skill-sets of program manager are quite different from that of project manager. The program manager is not only responsible for overseeing technical delivery, but also is responsible for ensuring that the outcomes and benefits get realized in the functional departments, over which the program manager has not much administrative control.  Quite a few organizations do not perceive this critical differentiation, leading to program failures.
  3. The role of functional managers in a large program is not well spelled out. These functional managers become responsible for rolling out changes in the impacted functions. Leading and selling change to the end users becomes their primary responsibility, which is not given adequate attention from the commencement, leading to dilution to the realization of the program benefits.
  4. The linkage between strategic objectives of the organization, outcomes and benefits of the program and design of the target operating model is another aspect which is usually found deficient.

This presentation examines the typical pitfalls experienced by companies during program management and how best they can be addressed, drawing upon the extensive program management experience of the author in implementing large scale programs across multiple domains. We will also cover other related issues and discuss how best to address them for better program management.

This webinar qualifies for the following PDUs:
 
PMP/PgMP
PMI-ACP
PMI-SP
PMI-RMP
PfMP
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