While some businesses might reference the terms “program” and “project” synonymously, they are not the same. Several industry leaders define the difference between the two by examining the duties of the manager.

A program manager’s job requires the management of the interdependent issues across the multiple of projects while a project manager is responsible for the scope of work within his or her project only.

In other words, a project is a specific one-time input, whereas a program works with that input (and the inputs of other projects) to deliver a larger business objective.