Program Management vs. Project Management

What’s the difference between Project Management & Program Management? And is it suitable to apply to a position in Program Management area with project management related work experience?


Actually programs and projects are sometimes the same thing. Some organizations use the term program management, when they mean project management. Whereas project management has a fairly common definition these days, program management often means different things to different people.


In the PMI world, a program is a collection of projects that all have a common objective, and a program manager is therefore coordinating the projects across the whole program. In your particular situation, I would look at the job description carefully, and if your skills and experience are appropriate, I’d apply.

About Kevin Archbold

Kevin Archbold, PMP, PMI-SP, has over 30 years of project management experience with large and small organizations in a variety of industries, including automotive, nuclear, telecommunications, trucking, IT, recruiting, mining, construction, and government. Kevin has presented at local and national levels within the Project Management Institute (PMI), is the winner of a local chapter PMI Project of the Year Award, and is the current president of a PMI Chapter.

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