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APM Programme Management Specific Interest Group


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Programme Management The coordinated management of projects and business as usual (steady-state) activities to achieve beneficial change.

Definition from APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition 

What is programme management?

Programme management is focused on the delivery of change within an organisation or environment. The transition from projects delivering outputs to embedding new working practices as business as usual, requires a planned and systematic approach necessitating leadership, drive and commitment.

Our strategy will be delivered using the lens of the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism, namely:

  • Breadth (Body of Knowledge: concepts, terms & activities that make up a professional domain including publications & articles) 
  • Depth (Competence framework – knowledge & experience under technical, behavioural & contextual domains) 
  • Achievement (Qualifications, especially programme-related, aligned to IPMA's 4 level certification) 
  • Commitment (CPD - Events broad range of BoK topic areas & appropriate delivery methods) 
  • Accountability (Delivery of services to ProgM / APM members & SIG communications)

Our vision: To be recognised internationally as the leading group for programme management, supporting a world in which all projects succeed.

Our mission: In line with APM regulations the mission of ProgM is: to provide a forum for effective learning and development, that promotes the science, discipline, tools and techniques of programme management.

Our three objectives:

  1. Raise awareness of programme management as a specific discipline
  2. Help to connect the APM community interested in programme management
  3. Work with our community to develop new knowledge and thought leadership in programme management

Watch our welcome and introduction video to the APM Programme Management SIG, recorded in September 2022 by the Co Chairs Nigel Beecroft and James Lesingham.

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Features resources

Programme Project Product Infographic Card

Do you know the difference between programmes, projects and products? This one page infographic compares each against key elements to highlight their differences and how they might be applied.

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APM Introduction to Programme Management - second edition

This edition brings new insights as to what programme management is all about. It is an ‘easy read’ for the top executives, for those relatively new to programme management who have a thirst for knowledge and for the project management community who should, and need to, understand how their project management skills play into the ‘bigger picture’.”

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The value of programme management

Programmes are unique and transient strategic endeavours undertaken to achieve a defined set of objectives, incorporating a group or related projects and change management activities. Programme management consists of the activities to initiate, control and integrate projects and change management activities to achieve beneficial change for an organisation.

News by this SIG

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Making risk management work: Engaging others to identify, own and manage risk webinar
Ruth Murray-Webster and Penny Pullan showcase their latest thinking about what it takes to engage others to identify, own and manage risk.
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APM Programme Management SIG committee results for 2022-2023
We are delighted to confirm following an election, that the following nominees will be on APM Programme Management SIG committee for 2022-2023.
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So much more than hot air
Heidi Genoni, programme lead for Arup+’s Hy4Heat programme, reveals what it has taken to demonstrate hydrogen is a viable alternative to natural gas as a domestic fuel.
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APM joint SIG conference 2022: Successful delivery in the midst of rapid change
APM Portfolio Management SIG and Programme Management SIG joint conference 2022 on Thursday 17 March.
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A matter of urgency?
In its report Lessons Learned: Delivering programmes at speed, the National Audit Office prompts project professionals to consider that not all programmes can, or indeed should, be delivered at speed. Read on for an extract…
Creating successful programmes using benefits: A panel debate podcast
The second podcast video in the "Benefits and value for the portfolio" series.

Upcoming conferences and events

APM Programme Management SIG Conference

14 March 2024

We’ll discuss strategies for success to tackle the challenges of today, including technology disruption, sustainability, resource constraints and economic volatility.

Blogs by this SIG

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Artificial Intelligence (AI): Changing how we deliver projects in the life science sector
The pharmaceutical, life science and healthcare sectors that I operate in are already reputed as leaders in this area and are investing heavily in predictive AI solutions - helping to lower costs and speed up results by forecasting better outcomes and solutions. AI has already become a game-changer in the life sciences industry over the last few years.
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The Ebola outbreak: project professionals responding to the threat
The Ebola outbreak and how project professionals are responding to the threat. Managing projects in disaster zones and humanitarian crises.
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Ease your path into programme management
Are you considering a role in programme management? If you are, then here's everything you need to know about becoming a programme manager.
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How to deliver a programme of work in social care
Mark Reeson shares how United Response plans involve managing change as a whole, with camaraderie between all teams
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Sponsorship; from good to great
What comes to your mind when you consider what makes a really effective sponsor? Owning the business case? Regularly resolving escalations? Being an ally to the programme manager? Most articles will provide you with a list of responsibilities; influencing stakeholders, making decisions, monitoring the external environment, running steering groups. I’ve worked on programmes and projects with sponsors who have done everything asked of them, but they’ve still failed. A quick internet search on ‘what makes a good programme sponsor’, and ‘programmes fail because of poor sponsorship’ each return over 160,000,000 results. Any experienced project professional will tell you that programmes are continuing to fail, with poor sponsorship being a key reason. It’s natural to conclude that we might not have hit the nail on the head with what truly makes an effective sponsor.
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Are you looking to take the step up to programme management? We can help
Programme managers share their advice on how to get into programme management as a career. Nigel Beecroft reports.

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