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New Developments in Project Management - Michel Thiry, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow

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Over the last 20 years, program management has slowly taken its place as an essential organisational capability, especially when executing strategies or implementing organisational change. In the last 5 years, it has evolved both as a distinct discipline and as an organisational capability. As a discipline it has reached a point where, today, the main program management standards and writers agree that it is meant to deal with complex and turbulent situations and to deliver benefits, not products. It is also becoming more of an organisational capability and practice focuses more and more on its integration within the business, from strategy formulation to sustainability of benefits.

All these developments could be encapsulated in the maturing of the program culture. In this paper, I will examine five aspects of this cultural evolution:

  • The rise of agility and its effect on program management
  • The alignment of the main program management standards
  • The integration of program management in the organisation
  • The distinction between projects and programs
  • The management of change as a key aspect of program management

In the future, from an organisational point of view, this acceptance has to grow so that managers would not even think of executing a strategy without program management. Program management researchers and experts must develop new processes and methods to tackle high ambiguity and uncertainty initiatives, which are increasingly becoming the norm and are still largely unmanageable.

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Michel Thiry is Founder and Managing Partner of Valense Ltd. He has an extensive worldwide experience and has worked in many cultural environments. He specialises in strategic applications of project, program and value at organizational level and has supported the development and implementation of a number of strategic programs for major corporations in numerous fields.

He is a regular Keynote Speaker for major International events, both at the Academic and Practice levels. In 2013, the PMI® published the new edition of his book “A Framework for Value Management Practice”. In 2015, Gower published the Second Edition of his best-seller “Program Management”. He has also written a number of academic and practitioner papers as well as book chapters in prominent PM books including known standards, including the PMI’s Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide. More recently, he was a reviewer of the PMI’s Standard for Program Management 4th Edition and the Japanese Standard for Projects and Program Management (P2M).

In 2006 he was awarded the PMI Fellow In 2008 he was awarded the Life Value Achievement Award by the Canadian Society of Value Analysis and in 2014 he was awarded the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to the practice of the profession for his work on program management.


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