A1 ProgramStep™ Writing Style
This page describes some disclaimers and caveats to keep in mind when using ProgramStep.
Concise explanations. This methodology is designed to provide a large amount of value, while also being as concise as possible. There is much more information that can be written for each of the steps in the process. For instance, there are entire books about the risk management process alone. Building a schedule is also the subject of many five-day classes. ProgramStep does not provide an exhaustive and totally comprehensive amount of information on each step. The value of the ProgramStep Process is that it clearly defines most of the information that is applicable to most programs, instead of trying to provide all content that would be applicable to all programs.
“You” and “your” refers to the program manager. The methodology is written with the program manager as the intended audience. In many cases, the name 'program manager' is specifically mentioned. In other cases, the content may refer to 'you' or 'your'. The assumption is that 'you' (the reader) are a program manager. Obviously, anyone can read and apply the material. But the content is written specifically for the program management role.
The pronouns “he”, “his” and “him” are used for consistency and simplicity. We use the pronouns “he”, “him” and “his” in the ProgramStep content. This should in no way imply any gender bias. However, after referring to other publications and columns, we think that this is a common, standard and accepted manner in which to write. Frankly it is just simpler to write and to read rather than always stating “him or her”. Of course we understand that many program managers are women. We hope this does not distract from the content.
The use of the term “dollars”. ProgramStep may refer to cost in terms of “dollars”. This is obviously an American bias. However, the same principles will apply regardless of whether your currency is US dollars, Canadian dollars, Euros, Yen, etc. If you see US dollars as the currency used for cost, just substitute your currency instead.