Is the money well spent? Projects fail at an alarming rate and failed projects don't generate a profit. People writing the checks are looking to buy assurance that their money is well-spent.
- The task of a Program Manager is to take a concept to revenue. And businesses depend on successful projects to compete and grow. Projects consume budget and people. Business management depends on proper execution and results to grow and to survive and thrive. Program Management can often determine the success or the failure of a project, even very big projects, even the destiny of companies. When I was a younger, mid-career Program Manager at a technology company, there were other program managers in the division.
One of them was Ron. He had a large project. I had the cats and the dogs, and some other mystery stuff. Ron's large project went for past a year, and had 70 or 80 software engineers. Ron's project burnt through a hundred staff years. Think of it, a staff century. That project got the code complete and never shipped. It impacted the jobs of everyone in the division. The classic mistake was, this was an engineering led project. They failed to recognize the cross-functional nature of these larger projects, specifically sales validation and market coordination.
This is one of many examples that we're going to learn from. This course is based on my 30 years of experience in high tech, with both software and hardware projects. So, going back to Program Management as a career path. I've seen Program Managers grow their career path to become Portfolio managers, to become Engineering managers, or business managers, even to become CIOs. So, if you build a career in Program Management, you will like building stuff, you will like working with lots of people, all sorts of people doing all sorts of different disciplines.
You'll like learning the various functions and the need for successful project executions. And you'll see a career path versus a Project Manager, and then leading potentially to a Chief Information Officer, a Chief Operating Officer. If this is your desired career path, this is probably a good course for you.
- Hard skills and soft skills needed for program management
- Reporting and managing risk
- Phases of program management
- Understanding customers
- Running effective team meetings
- Working with partners
- Engineering, architecture, design, and code reviews
- Managing delivery and release
- Competitive analysis
- Measuring results