1. Understand the Background of the Businesses
Smart program managers are one of the first things to do an exhaustive reading about the business and the industry in which it works, with a focus on corporate strategy, portfolio of products and services, main markets, and customers. They try to learn more than anything else from the first weeks into a new relationship. They connect with people and get a strong understanding of what’s going on and go deeper into things that might have a major effect on the program’s success rate.
And most companies that are seasoned program managers go through this phase because they feel that half the work is good planning and rule out any chance.
2. Nail Down the Entire Work Span
Smart program managers are keen to keep their resources realistic. They work closely with the concerned parties to ‘squeeze out’ the uncertainty in the concept of scope that results in contractual contracts, project plans to schedules. They know how to prioritize the scope of work, with the knowledge of the market context. They relate virtually everything that happens back to the scope throughout the life-cycle of the project. What kind of effect is that? Can we still do this, or do we have to change to maintain the course?
3. Create Awareness
Good and consistent team success is focused on knowledge, ability, motivation, and focus. Good program managers build in the team’s level of understanding so that every participant knows what’s going on, why it’s going on, and what the effect on the project and company is. The process of cause and effect is one of the instruments they use in generating knowledge in a team or individual meeting. For example, they can guide a team in its finest detail through a specific delivery phase ( e.g. testing) and point them to aspects that may affect the outcome. For that, during implementation, the team will be made aware of what they need to look for and, most importantly, how they can improve themselves.
4. Visualize the Future State
It’s important to guide the team in the right direction by making clear what the potential state looks like. Smart program managers know this and thus spend a lot of time identifying, imagining, and setting expectations and targets for the opportunity. They have a vision consistency embedded in the strategy, thereby ensuring that the future state becomes increasingly apparent as the team moves from business needs to design for development and eventually deployment. They are keen to closely knead the building blocks of the future state into the research system to ensure the imagined thoughts are brought to life by what is presented.
5. Commit Key Stakeholders, and Coordinate
Smart program managers are starting to develop partnerships with key stakeholders from the outset and can have a huge effect on program performance. The aim is to turn the partnership into a two-way street, where program knowledge flows into and around the company. The field of work, with an appreciation of the market context, The program manager, and the potential end state, helps develop trust and coordination by linking the organizational plan and business objectives to the program result. They also ensure that the right stakeholders are found and that stakeholders who have a limited interest in the system but are calling for full attention are kept close to them.
6. Drive Change
Smart program managers have a clear understanding of what’s going on, when, and when. By articulating what the program does, what the impact of the organization and staff is, and how best to address it, they play a key role in business change with that experience. They are good motivators and one of the things they do is to make it concrete by comparing the outcome to what a person or community with a similar history looks like for a day in the future.
7. Keep it Simple
Smart program managers accept and apply simplicity to everything that they do. We know that the market context can be very unpredictable, uncertain, complicated, and unclear and that adding more complexity to these variables will make it worse and will kill the system. By incorporating and using only those things that make sense and add value, it is about maintaining practical project management processes, procedures, and the implementation of methods and resources.
8. Make things Happen
Smart program managers also have a deep desire to learn, improve, and achieve. When things start adding up, and there is increasing faith that the system will succeed, they move it to the next level. When things start adding up, and there is increasing faith that the system will succeed, they move it to the next level. They are putting together the pieces and forming a roadmap for reaching the future state. Correction of the course should be required at the same time, or shortly after they build alternative plans. If they have questions about the plan when it is launched, they will put a real stamp on it by pointing out the areas in which it falls short and giving suggestions about how it can be addressed.
9. Care About People.
Smart program managers’ main goal is to take care of people. They set up their success team by organizing unique learning events, setting expectations, and clarifying what the program is about, where the pain-points are, and how they can be overcome.
10. Sense and Respond.
Smart program managers are target-focused and have good sense when other things begin to interrupt the program. We plan to avoid this from occurring and so they have readily available corrective measures for execution whenever necessary. Related knowledge comes to them from several different outlets, not just from progress updates but also from people from the start of the program who have to develop a close relationship with them.
Mrugesh Panchal is a co-founder of the QuickScrum Tool, a powerful, easy to use, and versatile web based application centered on Scrum methodology. The QuickScrum Tool is an agile, dynamic, project management tool which incorporates scrum methodology.