Learn about various program management governance roles and how they govern.
- It's one thing to know what a program governance board is, but who's actually involved? The first position we will look at is that of a program sponsor who is, in fact, the main person who is accountable for the program. Why? The program sponsor has mostly likely put together the justification for the program, the form of a program business case, and has the final word on the program. For example, let's assume a change to the program's scope needs to be made, so the program manager puts together the change request and presents the request to the program governance board.
In case the board does not come to an agreement, whether to approve the change request or not, it is the program sponsor's view that has the most weight. The rest of the board is made up of other key stakeholders, and this will be dependent upon the organization, the type of program, is the program internal or external facing, those types of conditions. For example, a program is created to install a new internal system in sales, marketing, and operations or key stakeholders.
It would be important to have executive representation from these three departments on the program governance board for this particular program, and they need to have the authority to make decisions, otherwise the program governance board has little to no value. Do you work for an organization that has a program governance board? What kind of representation is to be found on your organization's board?
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- What is program management?
- Who are program managers?
- Program versus project
- Program life-cycle phases
- Aligning programs to an organization's strategies
- Analyzing needs and planning programs
- Delivering and sustaining benefits from programs
- Working with program stakeholders
- Supporting program governance activities
- Managing program finances and resources
- Scheduling programs
- Managing program scope and quality