Want to know more?

Other topics

There are lots of topics which will prove helpful to anyone running a programme. These include:

  • Project Management – the sister activity with which programme management must combine in order to provide a comprehensive management of change
  • Risk Management – a very important element within programme management
  • Teambuilding – valuable when building a project or programme team
  • Change – all programmes create change of one form or another
  • Leadership – all programmes require both leadership and management
  • Motivation – to motivate the team to succeed
  • Delegation – understanding how to do it properly
  • Meetings – how to run your project and programme meetings successfully
  • Managing Upwards – how to manage the programme sponsor and the programme board

And many others such as:

  • Assertiveness
  • Coaching
  • Creative Thinking
  • Listening Skills
  • Questioning Skills
  • Influencing
  • Empowerment
  • Facilitation
  • Conflict Resolution


Thinking and acting as a great programme manager

Sergio Pellegrinelli published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, 256 pages

This is an excellent guide to programme management from someone who has a superb track record in managing programmes. There is a clear emphasis on the importance of personal competences and the differences between projects and programmes in this respect. It is a very useful book from many angles – as a guide for practitioners getting to grips with programmes, for senior staff trying to embed and develop programme management in their organisations and for those trying to recruit programme managers to understand what they really need in the ideal programme team member.

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)

Office of Government Commerce published by TSO (The Stationery Office (UK)), 2007, 258 pages

This is a full guide to the running of programmes. It has sections covering the principles of programme management – those things which must be addressed in each and every programme if it is to be successful; the themes which address the key areas of programme management – those areas which need special attention during a programme, and the processes to be followed during identifying the programme, defining the programme, managing the tranches, delivering the capability, realising the benefits and closing a programme.

MSP® pocketbook

Office of Government Commerce, published by TSO, 2007, 53 pages

The full details of MSP® are in the manual and this pocketbook has been produced as an aide memoire and handy reference for the trained MSP® Practitioner who is assumed to be familiar with the method and the terminology.

For successful programme management: think MSP®

Office of Government Commerce, published by TSO, 2007, 118 pages

This is an affordable introductory, practical guide to MSP®. This official beginner’s guide is written by practitioners and gives the real view on MSP®, from a government organisation, private sector and not-for-profit global organisation perspective. It introduces the principles of MSP®; with practical examples of MSP® in action.

The Gower handbook of programme management

Geoff Reiss, Malcolm Anthony, John Chapman, and Geof Leigh, published by Gower Publishing Ltd, 2006, 712 pages

This is the definitive book on the management of programmes. Developed by a team of six highly experienced and professional authors, this publication covers all aspects of the requirements for programmes to be delivered successfully. The handbook is packed with authoritative guidance and advice, templates, concepts, systems and approaches on every aspect of successful programme management, from programme accounting to governance and from internal communications to benefits management.

APM introduction to programme management: 1

Paul Rayner, published by the Association for Project Management, 2007, 56 pages

A clear and concise introduction to programme management, this is the first edition of the guidance developed by Europe’s largest single national professional body dedicated to project management. This guide will help to clarify what a programme consists of and its components, and provides an excellent start point for more detailed references in the work of managing programmes of change.

The standard for program management – second edition

The Project Management Institute (PMI), 2008, 324 pages

This is the second edition of the PMI’s standard on programme management and takes the whole area of programme management forward in a sensible and useful manner. The standard is greatly enhanced from the first edition and now covers most of the key areas of the programme related work.


There are a number of professional organisations which have developed advice and guidance for programme management. The main ones are listed here.


You can also contact the author directly: Andy Taylor