Learn definitions for the organizational vision, mission, strategy, and objectives, and which roles program management plays in fulfilling these requirements.
- What do you do to make sure your program stays in line with the organizational strategy? We'll look at the four components that help the program manager to make sure she stays in alignment with those ever-changing company wishes. Let's get started. Our first up is the program business case. This is the justification of why we're conducting the program to begin with. The document will describe what benefits the organization expects, and should be authored by the program sponsor.
We use our business case to put together a program plan, or how we plan to deliver the benefits that the organization expects from our program. The program roadmap is the tool we use to show when we will be delivering the benefits to the organization. Take a look at the graphic on your screen. This is an example of a program roadmap. We make it visual so that our stakeholders can relate to what we're telling them, and we describe what our milestones are in the program.
A milestone is a significant stage in our program, very often tied to a phase, and hopefully, we'll have something to deliver the organization at this point. The roadmap should also provide a description of what is taking place on a high level throughout the program, and we list off the assumptions we have made to our plan. You have to remember that assumptions don't stay that way forever. Assumptions can be true, which means they've turned into facts. Or, assumptions can be proven false.
In that case, we'll need to go back to the program drawing board. The last part of our program strategy toolkit defines what environmental factors might affect our program. Here are some examples. The market our business is in, our financing, how many resources we have, the economy, government regulations, and the technology we are using. All these factors can have either a positive or a negative effect on our program, or both.
Our program business case tells us why we are running our program. Our program plan defines how we are going to run it. Our program roadmap states when we are going to deliver the benefits. And our environmental assessments tell us what factors can affect our program.
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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