Introduce Program Management to Your Organization

Use programs to align projects to your strategic goals.

Member Challenge

  • Organizations are faced with managing multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Project Managers are struggling to deliver on highly integrated projects and stakeholders are confused about the status of these projects.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Organizations underestimate the value that a unifying process/framework will have across numerous related projects
  • Business needs and goals are always changing and organizations need to be able to adapt.
  • You may not realize that there are overlaps or gaps between your projects. You can use program management to fill these gaps and start to maximize the benefits of your projects and improve delivery.
  • Projects are investments to further goals and programs, and program managers can mitigate risks to protect those investments
  • Although programs can really optimize a portfolio, it is important to remember that they require additional overhead and starting too many at one time could impede desired results. It is best to build programs one at a time, and only if it makes sense to do so.

Impact and Result

  • Optimize your portfolio with programs. If you have a collection of heavily dependent and integrated projects that all relate to a single and unified objective you can group them as a program.
  • Get control of interdependent projects with programs. If leadership is concerned about the overhead of programs, that’s okay. Just group and run your projects together in programs to improve delivery.Once they see the value of coordinating related projects, they are more likely to buy into the concept and you can focus more the programs strategic goal alignment.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should consider program management to improve delivery and maximize benefits from related projects, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the two ways we can support you in completing this project.

Name Actions
Introduce Program Management to Your Organization – Executive Brief
Introduce Program Management to Your Organization Sample
Introduce Program Management to Your Organization – Phases 1-2

1. Assess current projects and determine your next program

Look at how you currently deliver projects and realize benefits. With a list of projects and initiatives created you will be ready to create your next program.

Name Actions
Introduce Program Management to Your Organization – Phase 1: Assess Current Projects and Determine Your Next Program
Benefits Realization Assessment Tool
Project Program Organizer
Program Manager

2. Initiate program

Initiate the program you established. Make sure you have the right people so that your program starts off on the right foot.

Name Actions
Introduce Program Management to Your Organization – Phase 2: Initiate Program
Program Stakeholder Register Template
Initial Program Charter Template
Introduce Program Management to Your Organization