What's it like to be a Program Manager?
Program Managers supervise and organise activities to ensure that project goals align with the company's objectives and to make sure those projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the required quality standards.
Tasks and duties
- Managing the day-to-day progress of the program throughout its life cycle.
- Defining the methodology to manage the program.
- Planning the overall program and monitoring progress to make sure that milestones are being met across the various projects.
- Managing the program budget.
- Managing the risks and issues that arise over the program life cycle, as well as devising mitigation responses.
- Coordinating the projects within the program and managing their interdependencies.
- Managing the resources across the various projects in the program.
- Managing stakeholders of the program.
- Providing status reports to program sponsors and stakeholders.
A Program Manager is responsible for coordinating the project teams and managing the dependencies between projects to achieve overall delivery of the program.
What can I earn as a Program Manager?
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How to become a Program Manager
- Complete a bachelor degree in business management or economics or in the industry you plan to enter, such as engineering or computer science.
- Pursue a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) or similar post-graduate qualification.
- Obtain a project management certification from a professional body such as the Project Management Professional.
- Gain extensive work experience in project management across a range of businesses or work your way up through a company.