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Program Management Dashboard

Program management dashboards offer insight into the status and progress of a program and all the projects it includes.

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A program management dashboard serves as a central hub of information about a program and all its projects, allowing project leaders and program managers to assess program health, drill down to assess the performance of individual projects, and decide on next steps.

While programs and program management take many different forms, all programs are designed with a particular goal in mind and include a number of related projects and/or other activities. Because programs are made up of multiple projects, programs are typically managed by multiple people with different roles in pushing the program forward. A program management dashboard keeps the full program team and other stakeholders on the same page with the program’s status and progress and communicates the next steps to be taken.

Program management dashboards will differ greatly depending on the program, the organization, and the program manager. Program management dashboards often include a statement of program objective, a status overview for the program’s health and progress overall, and a central hub for operations management and planning. Gantt charts offer useful visibility into timelines of the various projects included in the program, while textual analysis allows the project’s contributors to offer insight and collaborate.

The best program management dashboards are as customizable as your programs themselves, so you can track and display whatever data, analysis, and visualizations you’d like to tell a story about your program and its progress.

Gantt Chart

Gantt Chart Example from ClearPoint

The Gantt chart above displays the timeline and status of each project within the program. This allows program managers to see what projects are within the horizon. A Gantt chart is beneficial to program management and project management as it allows managers to chart various projects or milestones within a specific timeline.

Project Overview

Program Managers and associated collaborators can drill down into any projects associated with the program through the dashboard. The team can always be on the same page through the insights and analytics offered on the Program Management Dashboard.

No matter what your program looks like or what it includes, ClearPoint’s flexible dashboards can help you manage it more efficiently and tell a story about where your program is now, where it should be, and how your team will get it there.

Key Elements for Program Management Dashboards

  • Program objective and lead

Listing the program objective and program lead helps everybody viewing this program easily understand the who, what, and why of the program. This information avoids confusion by clearly stating what the program is attempting to accomplish – and serves as a reminder that all projects within this program should easily tie back to that objective. Listing the program lead on the dashboard allows individuals with questions about the overall program to easily see who they can direct their questions to.

  • Snapshot and list of current status of all projects within the program

A snapshot and list of all projects within the program allow all managers and contributors to see how various projects within the program are going. This allows them to easily understand which projects may need additional support, as well as asses how the program itself is progressing.

  • Gantt chart for display of various projects and timelines

The visual of a Gantt chart allows project and program managers to see how projects are moving within timeline. If certain projects that are key to a program are falling behind timeline, the program lead and project managers must act quickly to prevent the program from falling behind as well.

Intended Audience

This dashboard is intended for program managers, project owners, and the many contributors who collaborate to help a program come together. All project stakeholders can utilize this dashboard to check in on program status, collaborate, and determine and assign appropriate action items.