The ABCs of program management

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here are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure –Colin Powell

Imagine that you are asked to lead a large-scale business transformation program. Before you start, you can pick 26 instruments that will set you up for success. It can be a mix of tangible or non-tangible items.

What are your ABCs of Program Management? What do you put in your bag pack before you head out and deliver? Here are mine:

Awareness

Budget

Collaboration

Decisiveness

Escalation

Finesse

Grit

High trust

Issues

Judgement

Knowledge transfer

Listen

Management information

Negotiation

Organizational Change

People

Quality

Risk

Scope

Timeline

Usability

Value

Willpower

X-road

Yield

Zero defects

As you have probably noticed my ABC’s are a fine mélange of core program management aspects and transformational values like grit, trust and willpower. Program managers who make-things-happen in today’s world are very capable of applying both dimensions intermittently. I’m curious what your selection is. Let me know!

(Bas de Baat is Managing Director and leads enterprise-wide technology-driven change programs, coaches business leaders and top talent and writes about practical project management).

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