The Client had several projects running in parallel. There was no framework in place to help optimise overall resources, minimise redo's and accelerate development of workforce skills through shared experiences.
Contrary to a Process, a Project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to deliver a specific product or service. A Program, however, is a long term endeavor to implement a strategy and meet business goals. Programs normally involve a set of projects and business processes. A Portfolio is created of a set of projects, programs and processes that share a common business vision.
It should be recognized that projects do not exist in isolation. All projects are building blocks in support of meeting an overall strategic or operational endeavor. The hierarchical grouping of these projects, the dependencies between projects and the supplying organizations, help define the framework and scope for the program. The management of all of these projects to achieve the overall strategic or operational objectives defines the framework and scope of its program management.
To secure that Strategies are smartly realised, the Client asked us to set up a Program and Portfolio Governance including Policies, Controls, Responsibilities, Processes as well as Lead Indicators and impact on Business Indicators. The Client also asked for a 6 months Operate and Transfer so that Client Resources gain the experience necessary to run the business on a stand alone basis.
A program is not one large or complex project nor merely the summation of a group of projects and services. A program is an approach to the implementation of a business vision or strategy. It is implemented by utilizing multiple projects and/or services. It requires a set of management techniques and tools that addresses the interrelationship of the individual projects and the management requirements that are necessary due to the multiplicity of suppliers. These must also provide sufficient control to accomplish the business objectives.
A “holistic” management thought process is essential to successfully implement program management. Holistic management thought process means that the manager must recognize and take into account all the relationships between all the projects in a program (direct dependencies, indirect dependencies, common processes, etc.) and make decisions that are in the best interest of the overall program strategy even if they are detrimental to any specific project. or favor one project over the other.
CONTEGRA structure, tools and methodology provide efficiency in delivering a system approach. However it is only due to the combined Services team expertise in industry, business, project and risk management that the total delivery exceeded the expectations.
Run Program Definition Workshop
Define High level Work Breakdown Structure
Define full Product breakdown structure (PBS) for each project
If the program sponsor does not have a clear vision of the program strategic objectives and goals, followed by a strategy definition workshop with the sponsor and the sponsors staff:
Goals, objective strategy of the program
High level Work Breakdown Structure.
Program integration strategy
Work structure and milestones
Organization chart with responsibilities
Program management system summary
Initial risk assessment
Near term actions and issues.
Setup a Program Management Office
Manage the consolidated program schedule and reporting
Manage the consolidated financial planning, tracking and reporting
Manage the program level change control board
Provide program level library of documents for the program management system
Coordinate program and project reviews.
Control of internal/ external supplier Performance.
Implanted Business Oriented Governance on Project and Program Management, including Policies, Controls, Job Roles, Skills and Processes.
Setup Program Management Office
Developed Client expertise on Program Management through:
|Approve Change request|
|Review Communication management plan|
|Review Project status report|
|Review Deliverable definition|
|Approve Compliance incident|
|Review Issue log|
|Human resource management|
|Review Human resource plan|
|Approve Project charter|
|Approve Project definition|
|Review Project financial plan|
|Review Project quality plan|
|Approve Project Management system summary|
|Review Risk management plan|
|Sponsor agreement management|
|Technical environment management|
|Review Technical environment management plan|
|Work plan management|
|Review Milestone list|
|Project management schedule Review|
|Work product list Review|