Chapter 3Program Context

As explained in Chapters 1 and 2, program management is a means to realize strategies and, as such, it has to be clearly linked to the strategy and thoroughly integrated in the organizational processes. In mature organizations, the program process involves a number of stakeholders from different departments and different levels of the organization working as a cross-functional team, regardless of their hierarchical affiliation.

A few professional bodies and many writers still promote the view that programs are extensions of project management and can be managed in a similar way. The reality is different and the knowledge required to manage a program is fundamentally distinct, although somewhat linked, to that of project ...

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