Managing a programme or project is a tough business. Programmes continue to grow larger and more complex every year – and the probability of failure increases accordingly. The media are always trumpeting these failures, often at the expense of the project manager.
Programmes and projects
First things first: what is the difference between programme management and project management? These terms are often incorrectly used interchangeably. Though similar, there is a distinction that was clarified by the Project Management Institute in its Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) industry guide.
Broadly, a programme consists of the total resources required to deliver and satisfy stated goals. “Programme” usually implies an ongoing activity.
A project is a temporary endeavour to create a unique product or service. It is a subset of a programme; programmes are made up of projects.
Each programme should be managed in accordance with the best business practices for cost, schedule and goals.