A major programme is defined as a suite of projects that together approach US$1 billion in cost and last at least five years. Major programmes are complex and are likely to involve multiple stakeholders, including governments and multi-national consortia. Typically programmes are transformational and their outcomes impact millions of people. Major programmes are sometimes also called "megaprojects". Major programme management is, as the name says, the management of major programmes.
Types of major programmes include: large-scale infrastructure investments, major ICT programmes, water and energy, health and education, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing, enterprise systems, banking, aerospace, defence, big science, urban and regional development programmes, large construction projects, signature architecture, and major events such as the Olympics.
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