Programme Model

The cross-governmental programme model is to contribute to professionalising the work on governmental programmes by making available a well-tested framework based on the international standard, MSP (Managing Successful Programmes).

Experience shows that an increasing number of changes within government authorities are implemented in programme-like organisations. However, there is much uncertainty about the use of the programme concept and insufficient knowledge of what is required to implement a programme.

HM Government in the UK (creators of PRINCE2) has developed a model for programme leadership based on practical experience gained from successful programmes known as “Managing Successful Programmes”.

On the basis of experience and demand, the Danish Agency for Digitisation developed a cross-governmental programme model under the auspices of the Inter-ministerial Project Office.

The cross-governmental programme model sets out to:

  • Make available a common programme management and programme leadership model for governmental programmes based on best practice
  • Professionalise governmental programme leadership and management through mandatory programme model requirements, including obligations with respect to the application of phases and the development of programme leadership documents
  • Ensure concept clarification including guidelines for choosing between a project, a programme or a portfolio
  • Make available experience and good practice from Danish and foreign programmes for the government sector – both to disseminate experience in an immature area and to avoid any parallel development of methods in various government institutions.

The elements of the model 

The cross-governmental programme model consists of four elements:

  1. A phase model including four overall programme phases:
    • Identification of programme
    • Specification of programme
    • Management of programme waves
    • Closure of programme
    • Nine programme themes contained in all phases of the programme and, therefore, constitute a superstructure to the phase model
    • Seven fundamental principles for good programme leadership providing the framework for programme leadership
    • A number of mandatory and optional products (in the process of being developed) to support the phase model.

     Cross-Governmental Programme Model (jpg) Click to enlarge

    Requirements regarding the application of the programme model

    Programmes with IT costs exceeding DKK 60 million where the IT share at the same time constitutes a significant element of the programme must:

    • Follow the division of the course of change in the four main phases including supplementing the phase “Management of programme waves” into two additional phases
    • Develop mandatory programme products and apply templates
    • Establish mandatory governance fora
    • Review risk assessment in the Danish Council for IT Projects and submit a number of mandatory programme documents as well as selected project documents
    • Submit biannual progress reports to the Danish Council for IT Projects
    • Against the background of the progress reports, the Danish Council for IT Projects can decide to carry out a new risk assessment and/or recommend that an external programme review should be conducted.