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Distinctions between Projects and Programs

Distinctions between Projects and Programs

"If we formalize our Programs, then we should expect a more consistent growth rate, but we don’t even understand the difference between projects and programs."

Given the commonality of terms and the connection between program performance domains, and project processes, it is not surprising that the terms "program" and "project" are often used in ways not consistent with the definition in the standards. The boundaries can become blurred.

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Integrated Program Management

Integrated Program Management

“If we use Integrated PM to optimize program performance, then the organization’s competitive advantage will grow, but integrating the roles of the program manager and the systems engineer can be difficult.”

Programs are initiated to create something new or to cause a change, and technical programs generally involve a high degree of engineering. It is not uncommon for these programs to involve multiple contributors, have a high degree of ambiguity or uncertainty, and many interfaces within the program components and the environments in which they will function, in other words, these programs exhibit a high degree of complexity.

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MARKET SENSING WITH DANCE

MARKET SENSING WITH DANCE

"It's our partners that make the dance a good experience." Differentiation Anticipation Nudge Cost-Position Echo Chamber

Walking into the dance studio was pretty exciting. Mirrors were everywhere. I kept looking side to side to catch my reflection from different angles. It was way cool to see the mirrors reflecting me into infinity. Jack noticed me looking and chuckled. A little embarrassed I stopped my glances and focused on the slim figure rapidly approaching. 

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Effective Project Teams: The Facilitator (6 out of 11)

Effective Project Teams: The Facilitator (6 out of 11)

“If I look at the project team as my client, then I can better influence the process of the team, but it is easy to confuse your role as a facilitator or team member.”

Ground Rules for Effective Project Teams

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Stakeholder Relations Management

Stakeholder Relations Management

“If I identify a CORE set of measures that are meaningful to all my stakeholders, then they are enabled to lead instead of disrupt my projects like an over grown giant, but the issues mentioned in this post can prevent identifying a CORE set of measures ”

Stakeholders are, in one way or another, individuals, companies, or organizations that may be affected by the outcome of the project or the way in which the project is managed. Stakeholders may be either directly or indirectly involved throughout the project, or may function simply as observers. A stakeholder can shift from a passive role to being an active member of the team and participate in making critical decisions.

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