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PMI's Program Management Standard Improves, but Is Still Not the Best Choice

Published: 27 March 2013

ID: G00249846

Analyst(s): Michael Hanford


PMI's third try at this standard, while better, is still not good enough for program managers and PMOs daily pushing big rocks uphill with large, complex program efforts. Better choices can be made for program management guidance.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Topics Covered Well in the PMI Standard
    • Program and Project Distinctions
    • Environmental Factors
    • Program Governance and Value
    • Program Governance Plan
    • Program Financial Management
  • Topics Where You Will Need Guidance Different From What the PMI Standard Offers
    • What Programs Are and Are Not
    • Stakeholder Definition, Inclusion and Role
    • Governing Programs
    • Benefits Management
  • Topics Where You Will Need More Information Than Contained in the PMI Standard
    • The Program Executive Sponsor, or Senior Responsible Owner (SRO)
    • The Program Office (PO)
    • Business Change, or Change Leadership
  • Bottom Line

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