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Defining Projects and Programs


Location:  PMKI > Organisations & Governance > Defining Projects and Programs

This subject focuses on defining the different types of program and developing a definition of precisely what projects and programs are.

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Other related sections of the PMKI:

- For more on project/program selection and prioritisation
   see Portfolio Management.
 
 





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  • Program typology: the different types and sizes of programs:  
    • WP: Defining Program Types. This White Paper defines the different types of programs based on the GAPPS Program Types.  
    • Blg: Differentiating normal, complex and megaprojects. A look at the additional layers of competency needed to manage complex projects and megaprojects and a suggested framework for classifying these different types of project.      
  • Project definition and typology: defining the nature of 'a project' and the different types and sizes of project:  
    • Blg: Seeking a definition of a project. Constructing an unambiguous definition of a project! a 2016 update based on our 2002 paper 'Project fact or fiction'.    
    • PP: Project Fact or Fiction. Refining the definition of the terms 'project' and 'project management'.
    • WP: Project Size and Categorisation. There are four basic dimensions to every project that affect its management: size, difficulty, uncertainty and complexity.   
    • Blg: Differentiating normal, complex and megaprojects. A look at the additional layers of competency needed to manage complex projects and megaprojects and a suggested framework for classifying these different types of project.         

Project Management Definitions
  
This topic focuses on the question 'What is a Project' and other key definitions
- Paper: 
Project Fact or Fiction (Will the real Projects please stand up!)  
- Blog (Mar 2009): De-Projectising IT Maintenance  
- Blog (July 2010): Defining Project Management Terminology

Project Typology
 
This is not really a subject for the PMP exam but is important in the general management of projects in an organisation. Understanding the type of project you are doing is essential to establish the right sort of project management processes to achieve success.
 
- Blog (Apr 2009): Projects aren’t Projects 
Blog (Apr 2009): Projects aren’t projects - Typology 
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Blog (Apr 2009): What is a project??????  

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