Category Archives for Program Management

Charting Total Program or Project Risk

In the last Risk Management post I showed how to quickly highlight to stakeholders the key risks facing the project or program. Another tool I like to use alongside the Risk Map is a Risk Burn Down Graph. Risk Burn Down graphs are very useful for seeing if the total project risk  is increasing or decreasing […]

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Use a Dependency Map for Dependency Mapping

All program managers must track the dependencies that exist between the projects which make up their program. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is by using a Dependency Map. A Dependency Map allows us to visualise the critical cross-project dependencies throughout the duration of the program. The Dependency Map should not be confused with […]

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Displaying the Program Status

One thing every program manager has to do is highlight succinctly the status of their program. I’m sure all program managers have spent hours experimenting with PowerPoint trying to explain simply the status of their program. In the diagram below you can see my favourite method of sharing the program status:   There are a few […]

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Required Skills to be a Program Manager

So, you’ve successfully lead some bigger projects and are considering moving into program management as the next step in your career. Here is my advice: think before you leap. Being a program manager is very different to being a project manager. Here is a list of attributes which I think every good program manager needs […]

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