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Can Program Managers make it to the Executive Suite?


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Can Program Managers make it to the Executive Suite?

  1. 1. Can Program Managers make it to the Executive Suite?
  2. 2. Program Management function Core Skills and Knowledge Areas My Success MantrasHow it all adds up?
  3. 3. my professional journey…200 Business180 Strategy160 Strategic Programs140 Operations120 Business Unit Portfolio100 Program 80 Product 60 Project 40 Module 20 0 Computer Scientist Engineer Software ArchitectProject Leader Quality Manager Manager Project Eng Manager, PgM Eng Manager, PgM ofGeneral Manager of Biz Ops & Strategic Programs Director Eng. General Manager (matrix) Head 1991 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2001 2002 2003 2004 2007 2009 Reportees Impact
  4. 4. evolution of program management
  5. 5. (PgMBoK)program management performance domains Program Strategy Alignment Program Life Program Program Cycle Benefits Governance Management Management Program Stakeholder Engagement
  6. 6. program manager core skills (PgMBOK) Active Listening Analytical Thinking Capacity Planning Communicating Critical Thinking Distilling and Synthesizing Customer Centricity Employee Engagement Executive-level Presentation Facilitation Requirements Innovative Thinking Interpersonal Interaction Interviewing Leveraging Opportunities Managing Expectations Managing Maximizing resources / Negotiating / persuading /virtual/intercultural/remote Prioritizing Problem Solving achieving synergies influencing teams Stakeholder analysis and Time Management Vendor Management management
  7. 7. program manager core knowledge areas (PgMBOK) Benefits Business Brainstorming Budget processes Business Changemeasurement and Business ethics models, structure techniques and procedure environment managementanalysis techniques and organizations Coaching and Collaboration tools Communication Conflict resolution Contingency Contract negotiation mentoring Contract types and techniques tools and techniques techniques planning / administration techniques Cultural diversity / Data analysis / data Decision-making Emotional Human resourceCost benefit analysis Cost management distinctions mining techniques intelligence managementImpact assessment Industry and market Knowledge Leadership theories Management Motivational Information privacy techniques knowledge management and techniques techniques techniques Negotiation Organizational Performance Planning PMI Code of Ethics Presentation tools Problem-solving strategies and strategic plan and management theory, techniques and Professional and techniques tools and techniques techniques vision techniques and procedures Conduct Risk mitigation andProject management Reporting tools and Risk analysis Safety standards and Risk management opportunities Social responsibilityinformation systems techniques technique procedures strategies Sustainability and Succession planning environmental issues
  8. 8. My Success Mantras Taking Lead with Lifelong ManagingInitiative Influence Learning Career
  9. 9. Scale of InitiativeLevel 5: Act independently and report routinelyLevel 4: Act independently but report Immediately Level 3: Recommend Level 2: Ask Level 1: Wait
  10. 10. Lead with InfluenceEnlist Persuade Engage
  11. 11. “T-shaped Career” B R O A D DBROADability to applyknowledge across situations E E P DEEP Functional / disciplinary skill
  12. 12. How it all adds up? Stakeholders and Resources Strategy Program andExecution Management is a leadership role with wide exposure to Skills and Deliverables Benefits and Costs
  13. 13. Connect Twitter: @tathagatvarma Blog: Email: tathagat.varma@gmail.comPresentation: