Portfolios, Programs, and Projects: What’s the Difference?

by Ben Howard

This course unravels the terminology used to describe projects, programs, and portfolios, allowing you to quickly understand the relationships that exist between of each of these artefacts.

What you'll learn

In today's world, organizations are becoming increasingly focused on packing work into projects. As this becomes more common, there's a requirement to structure these projects into programs, and programs into portfolios. In this course, Portfolios, Programs, and Projects: What’s the Difference?, you'll learn, by way of real world examples, how to identify and classify a project, program, and portfolio. First, you'll learn how these entities all relate to each other. Next, you will discover the relationships and hierarchy that exist between them. Finally, you’ll discover some of the more common tools that are used to help manage them. When you’re finished this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to classify, identify, and talk confidently about portfolios, programs, and projects.

Table of contents

Course Overview
2mins
Portfolio, Program, Project: Let’s Drill into the Detail
14mins
Complementary Project Management Terms and Tools!
15mins

Course FAQ

What is organization management?

Organization management is the skill of getting people together on a common platform or task and making them work towards a common predetermined goal.

What will you learn in this management course?

In this course, you will learn about what projects are, what programs are, what a portfolio is, and you will learn about specific management tools to help you keep organized.

Who is this management course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their organization skills.

Are there any prerequisites for this management course?

There are no prerequisites for this course.

What is project management?

Project management is the process of leading the work of a team to achieve goals and meet specific criteria.

About the author

Ben is a Power BI & Data Specialist with a healthy interest in Microsoft BI and planning tools. He has over 30 years of customer and implementation experience, has been a Microsoft MVP for 13 years, is a frequent speaker at several European conferences, and blogs and creates videos on a semi-regular basis. He is actively engaged in providing consultancy to UK FTSE companies, and co-runs the Manchester Power BI User Group.

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