A clear and concise introduction to programme management. The impact of new technologies has led many organisations to adopt programmes as a means of achieving organisational change. Programmes are temporary management structures designed to help organisations achieve specific objectives. Programmes come in many different shapes and sizes and the term programme is applied to many different structures. This guide will help to clarify what a programme consists of and its components. This guide was written by authors working in the Programme Management SIG (Specific Interest Group) affiliated to the Association for Project Management, Europes largest single national professional body dedicated to project management.
Combining rigour and flexibility, MSP helps all organisations – public sector and private, large and small – achieve successful outcomes from their programme management time and time again. With change a pressing reality for all organisations, successful programme management has never been more vital to success. Organisations must respond as new processes or services are introduced, supplier relationships alter and structures adapt to market forces or legislation. At the same time, all organisations strive to achieve excellence by improving practices, offering better services, preparing more effectively for the future and encouraging innovation. But change always creates new challenges and risks. Inevitably there will be interdependencies to manage and conflicting priorities to resolve as the organisation adapts not just to a new situation internally but to the constantly shifting world outside.To enable organisations to manage their programmes successfully, they need a structured framework that does two things. It must acknowledge that every programme exists in its own context and demands unique interpretation. At the same time it must be universally applicable. MSP has been developed with these two priorities in mind. Its framework allows users to consistently manage a huge variety of programmes so that they deliver quality outcomes and lasting benefits. Fusing leadership with management best practice, MSP enables organisations to coordinate their key functions, develop a clear sense of unity and purpose and achieve the strategic cohesion necessary to drive through effective change (Office of Government Commerce).
Now you don’t have to know accounting to understand and reap the benefits of earned value project management. In one convenient resource, “A Practical Guide to Earned Value Project Management” spells out everything you need to know to use this highly effective project management tool. First you’ll get an overview of the earned value management system (EVMS) and how it’s used. Then you’ll take a look at the 32 criteria – and learn how each corresponds with successful project management. Next, you’ll move through the lifecycle of a sample project to see how the components of the earned value system are applied. Along the way, you’ll learn how to: interpret and use the earned value management system to manage your projects; compute variances that are more meaningful to project owners and project teams; design reports and graphs with more valuable information; address unfavorable earned value metrics; and compare projects to better understand which ones are doing well, which are in trouble, and which need to go.
Written by a top PMI trainer, this book is essential reading if you wish to pass the new Project Management Institute’s Program Management Certification exam-or if you want to take your project management skills to an advanced level. It is also a must read if you’re a senior executives who wants a flexible organization that can support dynamic on-going product development. The author provides a solid framework for implementing a project management culture that will allow a company to maintain a pattern of repeatable success. Calling upon his decades of experience, he explains how process-when integrated with technology and personnel-is the real key to delivering improved products and services for the long-term.