Get with the Program: Program Management is Definitely Coming into its own, but There Remains Some Uncertainty Surrounding its Nature and Use
Despite the fact that an unprecedented number of organizations are now practicing program management, many executives and project professionals often fail to fully understand program management's purpose and processes. This article features five program management experts discussing--via a question-and-answer format--the challenges and the uncertainty in practicing program management. In doing so, this article examines several subject-related issues: major program management trends, program management innovation, the pros and cons of leading program management efforts, program management best practices, and program management's shortcomings. Accompanying this article are two sidebars: The first overviews the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) program management training program; the second describes five activities for clearly differentiating program management from project management.