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Programme Management - Experience and the discipline of a structured approach

Our Programme Managers

We have several experienced programme managers who have managed a number of complex programmes across a range of industries. They can combine their skills and experience with our structured disciplined approach to managing programmes, using our programme management tools and accessing corporate knowledge from our dynamic knowledge base.

These consultants have managed very complex and large-scale business changes and are used to challenging assignments. They are our senior consultants, and you can be confident that they will be able to assist you to undertake even the most demanding business change programmes.

What is Programme Management?

Programme management harmonises related projects to manage their interdependencies, organising and co-ordinating them within a coherent business change programme to achieve specific business benefits. It provides the linkage that connects individual projects (with a focus on delivering products) to deliver the wider corporate benefits required to compete in a rapidly changing business environment with a constantly evolving strategy.

Programme management provides the framework within which the business strategies that stem from a corporate vision can be implemented effectively. By focusing on desired outcomes, programme management can deal with the complexity and continuous change associated with evolving or emergent strategies. Programme management organises, manages, accommodates and controls changes so that the outcomes align with the objectives set by the organisation's business strategy.

Why use it?

Programme management can reduce the overall cost and improve the effectiveness of complex business change. There are a number of ways in which this can be achieved:

  • More efficient use of resources. Resources can be pooled and co-ordinated across a number of projects.
  • Reduction of costs. Grouping of projects can reduce costs by avoiding duplication of effort. This approach can also reduce infrastructure costs by providing a single infrastructure scaled for the programme rather than allowing the disparate proliferation of project specific systems.
  • Improved operational efficiency. Delivery activities (the transition to operations) of several projects can be co-ordinated and shared, reducing costs and minimising turbulence for business users affected by the implemented change.

Our Approach to Programme Management

Our approach to programme management is to use a structured framework that is based on the UK Government's CCTA framework called Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) 99. It is a structured framework for defining and implementing large-scale, complex change within organisations. The framework covers organisation, processes, outputs and approaches that focus on the realisation of strategic benefits through the development and delivery of new or improved capabilities. The new capabilities may be services, service improvements, working practices or products, and they (or components of them) will be developed and delivered by projects within the programme. Use of the framework ensures that the programme commissions and then manages projects, providing the overall co-ordination, control and integration of the projects' delivery that will ensure coherent delivery of new capabilities.

Using this framework ensures that programme management focuses on the delivery benefits from their initial identification and definition through to the eventual realisation and achievement of measurable improvements through new or improved capabilities. Our approach ensures that the ongoing viability and relevance of the programme's business case and the justification of benefit against cost continuously drive the programme.

 

 

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