Chapter 6

Governance

Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

—John F. Kennedy

Since the 1980s, there has been increased attention in organizations of various types as to the importance of programs and projects as strategic assets. Increasingly, the management by projects/programs is a reality,

In programs because of their longer duration and the projects and non-project work that comprise them, a Governance Board (or a Steering Committee or Program Board) typically is used to ensure the program continues to support the organization’s strategic objectives and to approve the program to move to a new stage gate when appropriate. The Governance Board also can conduct periodic performance reviews and serve as a forum ...

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