"This paper represents a conceptual framework for the deci sion-making process regarding facilities. This process and its content are refered to as "FUNCTIONAL AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMMING". Its implementation is presented here in its application to one category of facilities: projects, at building scale, built in North Amercia, for which the owner/sponsor is a large or complex organization. Programming is defined and placed in its overall manage ment context. The typical range of programming tasks are described. The authors draw an their 14 years of experience in this field to identify certain risks, stresses and con flicts as well as means of minimizing such conflicts. * The concepts in this paper are more fully developed in a document titled: A Manager's Introduction to Programming for Facilities, prepared for internal distribution for Public Works Canada, Atlantic Region, 2nd edition, 1979."