Benefits of Program Management

Benefits of Program Management

Project Management
When I got my PMP certification more than a decade ago, program management was barely on the radar. It might have been because I work in the architectural-engineering-construction (AEC) industry, which s mostly a project-focused industry. Still, for whatever reason, program management was just not something we dealt with. And obtaining PMI’s PgMP (program management professional) certification was not nearly as common as setting for, and obtaining, the PMP. Currently, however, I see more and more program-related work across all industries. In fact, many of the larger AEC companies are now seeking to hire program managers. Per PMI, program management is defined as applying knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to meet program requirements. And a program is a group of related projects managed in a coordinated manner to obtain benefits…
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Program Management versus the Project Management Office (PMO)

Program Management versus the Project Management Office (PMO)

Project Management
It is sometimes a PMP exam question to know the difference between a PMO and Program Management. I will give you a moment here to define both terms… The short answer is that program management refers to managing an interrelated project, which shares common goals, outcomes, and requirements. An example might be the development of a new R&D campus. Designing and later constructing the campus’ labs could be an independent project, but its functionality depends on the administrative offices of the same campus. The PMO, on the other hand, refers to an entity responsible for the centralized and coordinated management of the projects under its domain. Therefore, using the R&D campus noted above, the PMO might assist the project manager working on the library project and the project manager working…
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