Chapter 1Background and Definitions

The purpose of Chapter 1 is to give a historical perspective of the development of program management as a distinct discipline and to explain how programs are viewed differently by different communities. It explains how it can fill a gap in current management practice by helping realize strategic decisions and complement other project-based practices. It also takes a critical look at the current program standards.

1.1 The Emergence of Program Management

As practitioners started applying project management concepts to more complex projects, to the management of strategic objectives or to the management of multiple interrelated projects to produce strategic benefits, they recognized the limitations of traditional ...

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