Gower Handbook of Programme Management

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Programme management involves managing a portfolio of projects that deliver organizational changes of strategic significance. Whilst project management focuses on the delivery of products, programme management emphasises the delivery of change and business benefits. The techniques involved, which emerged in the mid-nineties, solve many of the perceived shortcomings of traditional project management, especially within the high-technology sector, by delivering organizational improvements in a predictable and efficient manner. This Handbook provides authoritative guidance and advice, templates, concepts, systems and approaches on every aspect of successful programme management. The main part of the handbook presents a detailed description of the whole programme management process, together with the requisite supporting infrastructure essential for the delivery of planned programme outcomes. The book also includes The Programme Management Maturity Model, a benchmarking tool covering the ten key processes within programme management, plus the Programme Management Improvement Process: a step-by-step guide to improving an organization's ability to deliver change. This is a definitive reference to Programme Management written by six of the most experienced practitioners in this area: Geoff Reiss, Malcolm Anthony, John Chapman, Geof Leigh, Adrian Pyne and Paul Rayner.