Archive for the ‘Program Management’ Category

The Hierarchy of Program Management

Friday, August 1st, 2014

 

As we discussed in last week’s blog, program management is used to consolidate the efforts and goals of multiple projects under a unified management system. This system is the program management system. Project management is focused on the direct allocation and usage of resources under its domain. These include human resources, physical resources. The project must be conscious of the time frame under which it is operating and utilize its resources efficiently in order to meet requirements imposed by funding and to meet a product delivery schedule. Program management is focused on similar objectives, but on a much larger scale over the scope of several projects. In addition to overseeing these goals (though with less micro-management than project management), program management must align the goals of all projects involved and unify them into a single direction that can drive the success of the operation as a whole. In order to do this, the responsibilities of program management are divided into three different levels.

 

The Hierarchy of Program Management

 

Program Sponsors/Steering Committee

 

This is the highest position on the totem pole of program management. The top of the executive group of program management, the program’s sponsors and steering committee defines the overarching business and IT strategy for the program, and how the program will integrate with the business direction of the enterprise. It does so by creating policy, ensuring momentum can be sustained, and reviewing progress and making adjustments as needed.

 

Program Manager/Director

 

The program manager/director is charged with seeing that the efforts of individual programs are aligned and meeting the goals set by the steering committee. The program manager is involved in all facets of the operation, from coordinating different projects, reviewing progress, integrating goals, and implementing changes in plans if necessary.

 

Project Manager

 

The third level in program management hierarchy is the project manager. The project manager manages one individual project and allocates and utilizes resources to achieve a desired output within a desired time frame.

 

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Program success hinges on the clear definition of roles, authority, decision making ability, and structure. Program management is essential for these concepts to be delineated and actualized so that the program may reach its goals. To learn more about program management, contact DHA Group today. An award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal, civilian and defense agencies, DHA group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services. Follow us on social media onFacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

Source

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/4751.html

 

The Role of Program Governance in Program Management

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

 

Program management is the practice of overseeing and executing multiple projects under one executive group. A successful program management enterprise stands to benefit the organization in a number of critical functions. Streamlining of operations, increasing efficiency, and strategic planning are just some of the many goals of program management. In order for these goals to be met, a well-organized system of governance must be in place. This system is responsible for overseeing all operations and defining the roles and responsibilities of all projects involved. In this way, program managers can create unity and cohesion that brings multiple units together so that they may work more efficiently and effectively towards the same overall of driving the growth and success of the operation.

 

Program governance one of the five aspects of program management that collectively comprise the whole concept. The structure of governance for program management versus project management is necessarily different, as the program’s overseers and executors must contend with multiple projects and determining how to align a range of different focuses and goals into a cohesive whole.

 

The Role of Program Governance in Program Management

 

The comparison between program and project management starts with the difference in their governing structures. Project management uses a traditional governing structure which, as it is geared towards a more narrow focus, is not as complex as program management. Project managers oversee operations and issue directions. Senior IT officials oversee the joining of technological and business goals of the project. Business sponsors oversee strategy and deliverables and their proper integration.

 

The more broad scope of program management necessitates a more complex governance. The scope of a program is so large that it has the potential to seriously impact an enterprise’s expenditures and way of conducting business. Essentially, program managers must be highly skilled and experienced with this kind of management. They must understand that the actions of the program’s governing body must be thoughtful and deliberate, as the future of the business will depend on its actions.

 

The body within the program governance that is responsible for aligning diverse interests and strategic directions is the steering committee. The actions of this body are overseen by an executive sponsor and the board of directors, to which it recommends courses of action and strategic planning. “Defining the role and decision-making powers of the steering committee is a significant part of the program governance effort and should be done with an eye toward facilitating rapid decisions and promoting a clear, unified direction.”

 

Program success hinges on the clear definition of roles, authority, decision making ability, and structure. Program governance is essential for these concepts to be delineated and actualized so that the program may reach its goals. To learn more about program governance and program management, contact DHA Group today. An award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal, civilian and defense agencies, DHA group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services. Follow us on social media on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

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Source

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/4751.html

 

Program and Project Management from DHA

Monday, July 14th, 2014

 

Program and project management are two essential components of the operations of agencies and enterprises in the public and private sectors. The goal of project management is to carry a project through from the early, conceptual stages through the end of its life. Program management occurs on a larger scale, with the goal of consolidating a number of projects together to form a cohesive whole with a unified goal.

 

Strategic Planning 

 

Configuration Management

 

Schedule

 

Risk Management

 

Budget

 

Expenditure Tracking

 

Requirements Definition and Analysis

 

Market studies and analyses

 

Cost benefit analyses

 

Mission needs statements

 

Concepts of operations

 

Statements of work and objectives

 

Detailed technical evaluations of methods and products

 

Contract strategies and acquisition planning

 

Deliverables review and earned value management reporting

 

Life cycle management

 

Acquisition Management

 

Acquisition of government contracts is a major goal of private sector businesses. Our experience in federal contract acquisition will help your business acquire and retain the contracts you need. Learn more in our blog.

 

Accounting

 

Complying with Federal accounting and budget policy can be confusing to say the least. While it is mandated, spending too much time on accounting and documentation can be a drain on internal resources. DHA can assist with preparation of important financial documents to ensure you meet Federal requirements, and free up your own resources for other tasks. We offer:

 

Balance Sheets

 

Accounting Statements

 

OMB 300 Documentation

 

Auditing Services

 

Voucher Examiners

 

Budget Analysts

 

Payroll Clerks

 

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