Saturday, May 8, 2010

What is Program Governance?

The process of developing, communicating, implementing, monitoring & assuring the policies, procedures, & org structures and practices associated with a program. Program governance is concerned with controlling the organization's investment.

So, let me give you some concrete examples as opposed to just theory. Program governance ensures the "Program" have:

The Right People

  • Business managers whose problems the program is trying to address
  • Senior leadership sponsorship & engagement means
  • Identification of skills, needs and solutions
  • Common roles (e.g. Project Director, Project Manager)
  • Co-ordination of PM training and mentorship programs

The Right Projects

  • Identification & selection of projects
  • Alignment to strategic objectives
  • Rank & priority assessment
  • Risk management
  • Capacity management
  • Balanced allocation of resources

The Right Process

  • Program management framework
  • Co-ordination and facilitating the development and administration of common controls, methodology standards and tools
  • Align corporate processes with group/divisional processes
  • Regulation & compliance

The Right Tools

  • Change & communications management techniques
  • Central repository for programs & projects in the corporate portfolio
  • Integration of tools to improve project management capability
  • Research and communicate on latest global development in thoughts, techniques and tools

The Right Culture

  • Sponsorship for initiatives
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate enhancing project management capability & culture
  • Sharing knowledge and experiences
  • Forums for project managers
  • Coaching & mentoring
  • Performance recognition (awards)

This is how the word "Governance" needs to translated into actionable tasks for execution so that successful outcomes can be achieved.

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