If you haven’t come across programme management before, it’s easy to confuse it with project management. So, let’s clarify the difference.
Project management uses tools, processes, knowledge, and competencies that, together, ensure your (single) project’s successful completion within a set timeframe. Whereas programme management focuses on the challenge of controlling groups of related projects, with multiple project managers, which are designed to achieve a single long-term goal, objective, or benefit for your organisation.
As you can imagine, it takes effort and discipline to manage multiple projects which are often in different locations, and have conflicting priorities and schedules.
With programme management in place, you have high-level control of all the moving parts. Unless you have a trained internal resource, this degree of coordination and overview usually requires a partner with experience in programme management.