How can you compare Project vs Program Manager titles

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Our organization is working on an improved career path for our project managers. The sticking question concerns titles. We are torn between using the Project Manager and Program Manager. The variations: associate, senior, etc. have been agreed upon. I would be very interested in hearing how other organizations are managing this issue. What titles do you use? Why? Thank you for your time and attention.

Aug 10 in PMP by Roshni
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Traditionally, "Project Manager" and "Program Manager" are two very distinct levels of responsibility; regardless of experience, tenure, hierarchy, etc., a Project Manager is responsible for a single aspect of Program, while the Program Manager oversees all of the projects (and project managers) in a particular program. If you go higher up the food chain, a Portfolio manager is in charge of several related Programs.

To break it down, a Portfolio Manager could be in charge of Accounting Systems, a Program Manager in charge of Accounts Receivable Systems, and a Project Manager leading projects for generating invoices and electronic payments.

Projects are grouped into programs. A program falls within a certain area, for example, Manufacturing, Quality, Innovation, etc. Every Program has a PgM and various PMs. A PfM manages the Portfolio.

answered Aug 10 by Gitika
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