How do we better understand and up-skill in programme management?

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Are you managing a project, a complex project or a programme?

The art and science of programme management has become more mainstream in recent years and roles are becoming more prominent. How do we better understand what programme management is and how to apply appropriate techniques to support delivery? After all, a programme is not just a large project.

What would you like to learn about programme management, what formats of learning work for you, and how does this fit in with your own self development?

The APM Programme Management SIG (ProgM) is in the final stages of publication of the 2nd edition of our Introduction to Programme Management, with publication due imminently. The first edition was published over a decade ago, and this is a timely refresh in support of enhancing understanding of programme management. The Gower handbook of Programme Management is also due for publication in the near future. The two publications can help provide overview and context to support new and existing programme managers, as well as the various stakeholders involved.

One area I think the programme management community need to focus on is the education of future programme managers. I am particularly interested in how academic training are developing future colleagues, and what employers require and are expecting in staff. Does the training match up to the requirement and vice versa? What are your thoughts?

ProgM are beginning to develop a series of thought leadership white papers and would welcome views on topics that could be covered.  We also have webinars planned including our Programme Management in ICT webinar on 7th June.

Follow ProgM on Twitter for regular updates and discussions @apmprogmsig, and on our APM ProgM micro-site.

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Posted by Edward Wallington PhD on 18th May 2016

About the Author

Dr. Edward Wallington is Chair of the APM Programme Management Specific Interest Group (ProgM SIG), and is an advocate of professional project management and business analysis in the geospatial and business intelligence sectors. Ed is a versatile and enthusiastic programme and project manager with a deep interest in the transfer of project management theory into operational application, and actively contributes to the PPM community. Keep in touch on LinkedIn, Twitter @EdWallington and EdWallington.com.

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