This Guest paper was submitted for publication and is copyright to Mark A. Seely© 2016.
Published here April 2017

PART 3 | Editor's Note & Table of Contents | Chapter 7: Finding Levels 3 and 4
Chapter 8: Level 3 - Program Management | Level 3 Management | The Apollo Example
Chapter 9: Level 4 - Program Governance | Level 4 Governance | Performance
Chapter 10: Level 5 - Public Governance | Level 5 Governance | PART 5

Chapter 8: Level 3 - Program Management

Program Management

Ah, chess, a game of strategy. As you play the game, the game changes - depending on the moves of the opponent.

How do I know I am at Level 3?

For Level 3 we have:

  • A quest that is substantially beyond the state-of-the-art,
  • Innovation beyond leading-edge technologies,
  • Functional specifications that can't yet be achieved
  • Authority devolved to a Project Leader or Program Manager level.

Level 3 particulars are summarized in the following table:

Level 3: Program Management

Features:

• Closed System
• Internal Determinacy
• Custom Environment
• Dynamic Complexity

Focus:

• Yield
• Directs vs. Indirects
• Quality Expectations

Test:

The extent to which a reasonable fitness for purpose is financially affordable.

Control Point:

The Statement of Operational Requirement or overarching functional mission is the control point.

Archetype:

This corresponds to an "Objectives" lowest static baseline.

Performance Management:

Investment Assessment

Performance Measurement:

Earned Value

Performance Expectation:

Low

Success:

If stakeholders are willing to entertain cost growth and schedule delay through the learning, and provided the innovation stretch target is reasonably within reach, the project will succeed.

Failure:

If stakeholders hold to initial budget and schedule estimations or the innovation stretch target is outside the art of the possible, the project will fail.

Resources:

Department of Defense (US), NASA, The International Centre for Complex Project Management, The Telfer School


 
Chapter 7: Finding Levels 3 and 4  Chapter 7: Finding Levels 3 and 4

Home | Issacons | PM Glossary | Papers & Books | Max's Musings
Guest Articles | Contact Info | Search My Site | Site Map | Top of Page