Thanks to the ever increasing visibility of the concept of program management in the software and marketing industries, this is one job category that has been seen to witness such a consistent growth in popularity over the past couple of years. However, we have as well seen such a confusion from one company to the other and as well from industry to the next in so far as what the roles of a program manager are. Added to this is the fact that there seems to be a confusion in the roles played by a program manager and the project manager.
Nonetheless, it needs to be noted that the program managers and the project managers will work in such a style of harmony such as to ensure that there is achieved success in the projects that are in a particular program. However, it is to be noted that the prime role of the program manager is to ensure that the programs are so shaped such as to align with the company’s priority financial objectives. In this post we will be taking a look at some expert views on the roles of the program managers, what the future holds for the profession of program management and as well the difference there is between program management and project management.
Typically you will realize that the roles of the program managers will differ as per the size and type of company. This said and noted, it is to be taken in a general sense that the tasks that a program manager will be tasked with will be those of overseeing the running of progressive or ongoing and related projects and all will often have their unique schedules and sets of expectations. As we have already noted above, most cases the projects will be related but this is never to be the case as you will have those instances when they don’t relate and may as such only share common resources.
It is to be noted that the program manager will as well have such a high place and high level responsibility when you look at the company’s overall management structure. Program managers thus be coming in as crucial players of such high value when you look at the overall processes, budgets and preparation and a host of other areas that make them relevant in so far as production and management goes. There are some companies that have in fact allowed their program managers deal with the projects, doubling as project managers, as a means to help deal with the inconveniences that may be caused the organization as a result of the stifling administrative bottlenecks.
Thus we can see that the program managers and management will be a sure way to enable you have an eye on the smaller details of your project and keep these moving ahead in a timely fashion.