Series on Categorizing Projects and Programs

Stretton, Alan
September 2014
PM World Journal;Sep2014, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p1
This is the second of a series of four working/discussion papers on categorizing projects and programs. The context of these papers is overall categorizations as they have appeared in the literature. These currently vary widely, and this series is concerned with exploring possibilities for bringing them closer together. The first paper (Stretton 2014f) focused on project categorizations, most of which were found to be a mixture of industrial/ social sectors (Application Sectors) in which projects are undertaken (e.g. aerospace, defence), and types of projects (Project Types) which are undertaken in many, if not most, of these Application Sectors (e.g. IT projects, R&D projects). This second paper focuses on program categorizations, where it finds a similar mixture. The components of two prominent program categorizations are re-allocated into Application Sectors and Program Types, and presented as a matrix which illustrates the intersections between Program Types and the various Application Sectors in which they are undertaken. This paper also identifies five Program Types which are virtually identical to the five key Project Types that emerged from the first paper. This leads to amalgamating these common elements, which are described as key Program/Project Types.


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