Program integration management focuses on the management part of program management. Learn about the required steps.
- If there is one video that describes what a program manager does, it's this one. Just as the vast majority of the project manager's work is to be found within integration, the same applies to the program manager. Before we move further, let's define the term "integration." Here we are talking about the activities the program manager is coordinating with the program projects, and they are tied to driving the program. Because by nature, managing diverse projects can be complex, the program manager needs to integrate all of these components into one program.
For example, you might have a product that needs to be rolled out to different countries, and each country rollout is a project. A program would be formed to better manage your resources, your risks, your dependencies, and of course the delivery of the expected benefits. The work the program manager does in managing all of these moving parts is the actual integration work. We start with the program kickoff, which is called the initiation. The document we use to initiate our program is called a program charter, which describes the benefits our key stakeholders expect.
Once the program has been initiated, the program planning is in full swing. What kind of planning does the program manager complete? A benefits realization program is high on the list. This is where the program manager displays how she will ensure the program benefits will be delivered. The program governance plan is also very important. Then there are all the other plans a program manager needs for success, like stakeholder engagement, financials, schedule, et cetera.
You as a program manager will have your own team. How will you manage them? This has to be planned too. Once the planning is finished, then it's time for benefits delivery. Here the program manager spends a fair amount of time controlling and monitoring the program project components, and then we finish. Let's recap about program integration. The program manager spends most of her time coordinating various program projects.
Once the program is initiated, the program manager plans what needs to be done. The benefits delivery is the execution of the program, where plenty of monitoring and controlling is deployed. Then, we close the 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