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Episode 30: Manufacturing Program Management vs. Projects with Dave Opsahl


#30: Manufacturing Program Management vs. Projects with Dave Opsahl

This episode unpacks the nuances between manufacturing program management and project management, exploring their strategic impacts on the business and the process in how an organization ensures success for its customers. We are joined by Dave Opsahl, CEO of Actify.

Understanding Manufacturing Program Management: Dave Opsahl introduces the concept of program management in the manufacturing context, outlining its challenges and benefits. This segment underscores the strategic depth of program management and how it extends beyond the scope of managing individual projects.

Distinguishing Between Program and Project Management: The conversation clarifies the fundamental differences between these two management frameworks. Dave explains why distinguishing between them matters and how this understanding can influence the success of manufacturing operations.

Dave Opsahl’s Professional Insights: Drawing on his extensive background in the field, Dave shares his journey and the critical lessons he has learned while transitioning from project to program management in manufacturing environments.

Case Studies on Program Management: This part of the discussion focuses on real-world scenarios where program management tactics have either triumphed or faltered, providing listeners with practical insights into the application and implications of these strategies.

Expert Advice for Practitioners: Dave offers actionable advice for businesses looking to implement program management principles. This includes recommendations on tools and methodologies that enhance oversight and efficiency in complex manufacturing settings.

Interactive Q&A: Dave addresses questions from the audience, providing deeper dives into specific challenges and offering expert advice on program management in manufacturing.

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