Towards a program management body of knowledge

As more companies, over the past few years, have adopted a project management perspective, a new and more strategic approach has emerged: program management (PgM). It is a discipline requiring that organizations acquire knowledge beyond the scope contained within PMI's present PMBOK Guide (2000), that they explore new areas of knowledge and practice, including--among others--strategic management and value management. This paper examines the parallel between project management and program management, looking at the process groups and the knowledge areas used in project management with those used in program management. It reviews definitions of programs published in the PMBOK Guide and the APM's Body of Knowledge. It then compares and details five process group for project management against five process groups for program management as well as nine knowledge areas for project management against nine knowledge areas for program management. It concludes by identifying the significant differences between practici
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