How to Select a Programme Manager

Rob Llewellyn By Rob Llewellyn

How to Select a Programme Manager

It's not uncommon for companies to assign a member of their workforce who has some bandwidth and operational expertise, to the role of programme manager. Or engage a 3rd party who has strong technical experience, but only a weak blend of the skills, attributes and capabilities required for effective programme management. This compromises the future of the programme from the very start.
In less than 9 minutes, the cartoon below takes a light-hearted look at the serious situation inside a fictitious firm, as Scott and Liz discuss the appointment of a programme manager for their $80 million K2 Programme.

During the conversation between Liz and Scott, Liz provides Scott with these two lists:

Activities the programme manager should perform:

  • Programme planning and governance
  • Programme and project integration management
  • Programme scope management
  • Programme time and cost management
  • Programme quality management
  • Programme human resource management
  • Programme procurement management
  • Programme risk management
  • Programme reporting
  • Stakeholder relationship management
  • Benefit realisation management

Ten questions that a good programme manager should be asking:

  • What integrated and holistic business transformation methodology are we using?
  • How are we tracking progress and informing our various groups of stakeholders?
  • How does the schedule and resource-list look, and how are they working together?
  • How are we coordinating projects and programmes and ensuring they are aligned?
  • What are the objectives and scope of each of the projects and programmes?
  • How are we tracking time-and-costs and ensuring we are sticking to the budget?
  • How are we ensuring we adopt best practices in terms of quality
  • How are we ensuring that we have the right people in the right place at the right time?
  • How are we ensuring delegation to 3rd party suppliers and optimising our spend?
  • Who has assessed the health of the business transformation?

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With over 20 years helping managers and leaders generate commercial value from technology, Rob Llewellyn is dedicated to helping the new breed of digital economy professionals write the next digital economy success stories.

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