Some people think programs are managed as large projects. That is not the case. Programs have their own set of processes and techniques. Projects within programs are managed differently as well. MPMM Program provides a clear and comprehensive set of processes and techniques for managing programs. It takes both program management and project management to be successful managing programs. We now have MPMM Program for programs and MPMM for projects. It is a powerful one-two combination.
A program is a way to centrally manage a set of related projects in a way that delivers benefits not available by managing the projects independently. MPMM Program focuses on planning and managing work at the program level. Of course there are still a need for project management processes and MPMM is still used for managing projects. In many instances there are differences between how independent projects are managed versus projects within a program. These differences are documented in MPMM Program.
This includes the work to initiate and plan the program. The setup work results in defining the program, establishing the program management processes and setting up the program infrastructure to allow the projects to execute as efficiently as possible.
After you have completed this work you gain approval for all of your major deliverables. This will include the Program Charter and Program Management Plan.
This is by far the longest part of the program. The definition, processes and infrastructure that was prepared earlier is used by projects to build the deliverables of the program.
The program management processes continue as long as there are projects executing within the program.
Projects start and end throughout the program. However, ultimately when the last project closes the entire program itself is closed as well. The program closeout may require a lot of work to transition deliverables to operations, reassign remaining team members, close contracts, archive key documents, etc.