Nader K. Rad

Programs vs. projects


Following the path set by the PMBOK® Guide, most resources give definitions for programs and projects that don't help distinguish between the two. The definitions that come from the PRINCE2® family are a lot better in my opinion:

The above definitions are referring to the primary focus, although, each layer is also a little involved in the other two concepts. To give an example, "Implementing the Alfresco document management system" is a project because it's about a product (the implemented solution), while "Improving our document management system" describes a program.

Why is this important? Because projects and programs need different types of management.

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