This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to enable a program to engage in collaborative alliances. It includes the performance criteria required to demonstrate competency in forging alliances with other organisations to facilitate attainment of program benefits.
Collaborative alliances are significantly different in focus and content from commercial contracts in that the parties operate as partners with shared interests and a higher degree of joint decision-making. However, collaborative alliances are often formalised with the use of a legally binding contract. Collaborative agreements often involve organisations that are part of the same legal entity; business units of the same corporation or departments of the same government.
A program is defined as a set of interrelated projects, each of which has a project manager. 'Multiple projects', or 'a program of projects', refers to a number of related projects managed by the same person as a program to achieve organisational objective/s.
It applies to individuals who are program managers and those managing a suite of projects (a program). They operate within assigned authority levels, are responsible for their own performance and sometimes the performance of others.
Individuals in this role may be operating within an organisation, a business or as a consultant.