The Guide to Program Management for Development Professionals (PgMD Pro) integrates the concepts and tools outlined in PMD Pro into a framework to improve the management of multiple inter-related projects as part of a coordinated program. Development organizations (and therefore development professional) often use the terms project, program, initiative, and portfolio interchangeable. But the misuse of these terms leads to an inaccurate understanding of the distinctions between projects and programs and therefore also between the skills, disciplines, and tools necessary to support the unique requirements of project management and program management.
PgMD Pro fits logically alongside PMD Pro as many of the principles, disciplines, and tools discussed in PMD Pro remain relevant in the context of development program management. Because the guide to PgMD Pro complements PMD Pro, it assumes that readers will have some familiarity with PMD Pro.
The Guide is expected to be launched in the first semester of 2016. However, we would like to anticipate discussion about this new approach and to gather feedbacks from the PM4NGOs community in advance by sharing our new Program Lifecycle diagram and approach. Check our blog post with the Program Lifecycle Diagram.
Your views are important. We would like to hear from Program or Project Managers in the PM4NGOs community to find out what you think about this approach.