PROGRAMME PLANNER vs PROJECT PLANNER
Defining Programme Planner and Project Planner as two different roles may seem superfluous, however the terms do refer to two solely different jobs, each with their own set of responsibilities. A Project is defined as something with a clear start date and end date and one deliverable, meaning a Project Planner has a specific time frame to work with to estimate cost, risk and resources.
Whereas a programme is defined as something without time frames as the scale of the operation is either too big or requires constant management. Think of a programme as a group of projects being undertaken at once, or one continual project with more than one deliverable.
The role of a Programme Planner therefore is more convoluted as they are required to account for many different and often unrelated outcomes and considerations on different projects - but delivering assessments and plans relating to the overall program.
Creating a programme structure compared to a project structure is often more complex and difficult as there are more variables to consider. This often requires the Programme Planner to work agilely alongside the program to monitor performance and formulate new plans in a short time frame.
DON'T FALL AT THE FIRST HURDLE
A programme requires deep consideration and extensive planning. More variables = more risk, many companies attempt to tackle programmes on their own, but often the right amount of time and support is simply not available.
Without the proper planning, programs can often fail and result in commercial losses and a waste of time and resources. It is therefore important to asses the work needed to ensure a successful programme is carried out and appoint a specialist Programme Planner if necessary.
If you are in the early stages of a programme and need some advice, get in touch with us today on 0113 380 1919.