Without effective project management, some of humanity’s greatest feats would never have been accomplished. It is the driving force behind the scenes, ensuring that deliverables are achieved and that the project comes to a successful end. You must have an idea of what a project is in this context, but what about a programme? Are they the same thing? This article will differentiate between the two, unveil a few types of programmes, and explain why programmes are important to successful project management:
Programme Vs. Project
A project is a campaign of activities geared towards achieving one goal, whereas a programme is a campaign of projects achieving multiple programme goals. For example, a start-up business could require the launching of social media accounts, setting up bulk emails, developing a website, etc. These activities are projects, each falling under a programme intended to ensure the successful launch of the brand into the market.
Why Programmes Are Important
The central purpose of a programme is to tie together related work or projects within the organisation. Programmes are established to ensure that the ‘big picture’ isn’t lost on the project level. These programmes contribute directly to the organisation’s strategic aims and make it much easier to manage resources and expenses across the spectrum of activities.