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    Program and project

    What is the difference between these two words? I always use them interchangeably.

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    Re: Program and project

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    What is the difference between these two words? I always use them interchangeably.
    They are very different in some contexts. The difference however is uninteresting. What you should do is learn what a project is and what a program is, and forget about any putative differences.
    For example, you can't say "I'm downloading a new computer project" (unless, of course, it is a project).
    You can't say. "I'm going to paint the house; that is my program for the next month" No, it's your project, perhaps arguably.
    Would you like to mention a few contexts, or write a few sentences that we can comment on? Trying the identify the difference between two different things in an infinitely long task, and rarely as useful as finding out what the things are in themselves.

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    Re: Program and project

    Here is one: "The president familiarized with the organization's development programs/projects."

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    Re: Program and project

    Government programs are usually referred to as "programs." Cue Ronald Reagan:

    Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth.

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    Re: Program and project

    In business, a "project" is usually has a clearly defined objective, scope, timeline, deliverables, and team.

    A "program" is on-going. It may have a "mission" and annual project goals, but it doesn't "finish." For example, a company may have a program to include small and diverse suppliers. Holding an event for those suppliers to meet with buyers would be a project.

    A program could also be a massive, multi-year project. Building a new power plant might be considered a program, with many "projects" making up the entire program.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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