What is a Programme?

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Dennis van der Spoel

What is a Programme?

A program is more than a collection of projects towards a common goal:
1. First, a program consists of various and different activities, some of which are projects.
2. But there will also be other activities such as improvisations and unplanned processes concerning change, negotiations, conflict management, consulting and decision making that have an unpredictable outcome and therefor cannot be embedded in a project.
3. Most program managers will also manage routine processes temporarily, such as a program support office or a key department.

  Farah Mneimneh

What is a Program Support Office?

What is meant with program support office mentioned in no 3?

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

What is a Program Office?

Hi Farah, a program office (PO) is the supporting organization of a program. Normally the program manager/director is the head of it.
The PO would probably include at least one assistant / secretary. But a program office could consist out of tens or even hundreds of people in a very large, complex program.
A PO is not very different from any other organization, except that a PO is aimed at supporting/running a program and not at supporting/running a business.
See this discussion for the criteria to distinguish between a project and a program.

  David Dicanot
Analyst, France

What is a Program Office?

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