PgMP – Program Management Certification is offered by PMI® and one of the growing advanced certifications in the project management space.
Before I answer whether PgMP is the right next move for you, which is the topic of discussion, let’s understand what is PgMP and Program Management in a very quick way.
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The Program Management definition was disputed till as late as the year 2010 between various prominent bodies such as PMI and MSP and recently have agreed that the Program is something that gives enhanced benefits if 2 or more projects managed together than managing it individually. Program Management involves a lot of ambiguity verses says the uncertainty in a project. In a project, the project manager is more or less certain on the project objectives and has the authority to achieve the project objectives. Whereas in a Program, the Program Manager deals with a lot of ambiguity and uncertainty both in realizing enhanced benefits for the program. The Program Manager may not have explicit authority and has to use more soft skills than a Project Manager to achieve the program objectives and generate business value. The Program has a project and even operations as its sub-components.
The Ambiguity –Uncertainty Context
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Does Program Management provide benefits to the organization?
Absolutely – no 2 doubts. Programs are designed to generate Business Value for the organization and are different from projects. There is a huge scope for organizations to implement program management and address the ambiguity and enhance the benefits to the organizations. In my experience, there is hardly any program management done in the organization and offer a good scope to practice Program Management for project management professionals. If done in the right fashion, employing the strategy and techniques, a lot of cost savings and benefits can be accrued to the organization.
PgMP – Program Management certification offered by PMI, essentially addresses the right way to do Program Management for an organization. Program Management has evolved and is practiced with wonderful results in some of the leading organizations. There are only around 1000 PgMP professionals across the world, given that it is a relatively new certification as compared to PMP professionals of around 8 lakh professionals. However, the scope to use Program Management is unprecedented.
In one of my earlier organizations, I had used some of the techniques and strategies of Program Management such as Governance board, Benefits Realization techniques which reduced the ambiguity and streamlined the projects to producing results that could be measured and had a direct bearing on the customer company performance.
And now to the topic of discussion,
The answer depends on where are you currently and what kind of work you currently into and what kind of work you plan to do in the future. If you are in mature organizations, there is a very good chance that you can have an opportunity to implement a good number of things of Program Management in your workplace. Also, if you are graduating from Project Manager into higher roles, PgMP may be a good catalyst to get into a higher role of management. Also, a lot of passionate project managers especially PMP certified project managers do it for academic purposes and try to enhance their learning curve and build a career in project management and become a skilled project management professional.
You are the best person to decide whether PgMP applies to you. Our experts will be happy to help you with the details as well.
One thing for sure – it is a new exciting field and compliments and as well as enhances your PMP credentials, and definitely takes into higher roles of project management.
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