Projects vs. Programs
Project versus Program Management – What’s the big difference?
It is important not to confuse program management
with individual project management. This confusion
can lead to the compromise and or downfall of many otherwise
potentially successful business ventures.
Programs are typically comprised of multiple projects taking
place across various business functions. Programs usually have
several progressive project deliverable releases scheduled as
key events over a period of years. All the individual project
deliverables are governed by the needs of the overall ‘master’
Program and must be successfully managed in concert to accomplish
the overall return on investment goal for the business.
For example a new vehicle program is comprised of various major
systems and components, as well as product derivatives that must
all come together as a saleable quality product for the business.
This type of Program typically takes 3-4 years to develop, manufacture,
market and sell; from initial concept to the product’s market release.
To successfully deliver the overall New Vehicle Program goal, all of
the individual projects that comprise the total Program must be aligned
and collectively ‘program managed’.
The role of ALIPRO project management is to align and manage all
aspects of a Program and its overall goals as a total business
investment to ensure a successful return on investment for the company.