Chapter 3

Strategic Program Management/Alignment

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

—Seneca

In this phase there is as yet no program—that is, a program charter does not yet exist. In fact, the purpose of this phase is to justify the program, usually through an approved the business case. A description of the benefits to be achieved, a list of preliminary identified stakeholders, and the program’s mission statement are produced as well in order to convince the organization’s program selection process to accept the effort and to select it as a program rather than as a series of projects.

Our goal is to ensure that our programs not only provide more benefits than if the projects and other work within them were managed ...

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