Opportunity Analysis Under Strategic Program Management



By Bob Prieto

Jupiter, Florida, USA



Strategic Program Management is about meeting the challenges of scale and complexity but also about capturing the opportunities of leverage. Every major program as well as the projects that comprise it is the subject of a detailed and rigorous risk analysis. This is not only appropriate but also necessary. But in order to capture the full value inherent in large programs, the program management consultant or PMC must be seeking out opportunities in a proactive and ongoing manner.

The PMC’s opportunity analysis is best constructed within a framework that ensures a comprehensive view of all aspects of the program. Unlike various risk frameworks and categorizations that exist, there is no comparable opportunity framework for program management in the engineering and construction industry. This paper outlines one possible framework that draws on the “Ten Types of Innovation” by Doblin Research and presents an initial checklist to facilitate opportunity assessment in large engineering and construction programs.

Program Management Opportunity Framework

The Program Management Opportunity Framework utilizes a construct similar to that used by Doblin in “Ten Types of Innovation” but with a distinctive focus on those parameters related to opportunities in large engineering and construction programs.  In the Program Management Opportunity Framework four broad categories of opportunities are considered:

  1. Finance
  2. Processes
  3. Projects
  4. Stakeholders

Within these broad categories a total of ten sub-areas are described. These sub-areas and principle area of interest include:

An Opportunity Checklist

The opportunity checklist for any specific large-scale engineering and construction program will be governed by:


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Editor’s note: Second Editions are previously published papers that have continued relevance in today’s project management world, or which were originally published in conference proceedings or in a language other than English.  Original publication acknowledged; authors retain copyright.  This paper was originally published in PM World Today in September 2010.  It is republished here with the author’s permission.

How to cite this paper: Prieto, R. (2010). Opportunity Analysis Under Strategic Program Management, Second Edition, PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue XII, December, 2020.  Originally published in PM World Today, September 2010. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/pmwj100-Dec2020-Prieto-opportunity-analysis-under-strategic-program-management2.pdf



About the Author

Bob Prieto

Chairman & CEO
Strategic Program Management LLC
Jupiter, Florida, USA


 Bob Prieto is a senior executive effective in shaping and executing business strategy and a recognized leader within the infrastructure, engineering and construction industries. Currently Bob heads his own management consulting practice, Strategic Program Management LLC. He previously served as a senior vice president of Fluor, one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. He focuses on the development and delivery of large, complex projects worldwide and consults with owners across all market sectors in the development of programmatic delivery strategies. He is author of nine books including “Strategic Program Management”, “The Giga Factor: Program Management in the Engineering and Construction Industry”, “Application of Life Cycle Analysis in the Capital Assets Industry”, “Capital Efficiency: Pull All the Levers” and, most recently, “Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects” published by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) as well as over 750 other papers and presentations.

Bob is an Independent Member of the Shareholder Committee of Mott MacDonald. He is a member of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council, National Academy of Construction, a Fellow of the Construction Management Association of America, Millennium Challenge Corporation Advisory Board and member of several university departmental and campus advisory boards. Bob served until 2006 as a U.S. presidential appointee to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC), working with U.S. and Asia-Pacific business leaders to shape the framework for trade and economic growth. He had previously served as both as Chairman of the Engineering and Construction Governors of the World Economic Forum and co-chair of the infrastructure task force formed after September 11th by the New York City Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he served as Chairman at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) and a non-executive director of Cardno (ASX)

Bob serves as an honorary global advisor for the PM World Journal and Library and can be contacted at rpstrategic@comcast.net.

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