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The role of Program Manager in many industries acts in the capacity of super-project-manager - coordinating multiple interrelated projects towards a common goal and often from a business manager perspective. In high tech, the Program Manager role has evolved along very different lines, especially in software development.
This article explores this product development role, how it differs from other Product Manager roles, the value it brings to the development process and where things can also go wrong. The History of Development Program Management The role of Development Program Manager is credited to Microsoft and where it still has a central role today in creating products.
The team realized that the developers were paying attention to getting the code to work, in addition to the underlying algorithms and formulas, but nobody was really paying attention to the user experience.
These included the usability of the product in addition to the usage scenarios for how people would interact with the product. A new role was created, called Program Management, with the explicit goal of partnering with development and working through the entire product development cycle as the advocate for end users and customers.
Over time, this role also expanded to leading the overall architecture of the product, creating the product spec, and driving the development deliverables and schedule.
A stint as a PM is also considered nearly mandatory as career step towards GM. Well, usually yes but not generally at Microsoft. Microsoft does have a Product Manager title, but in most other companies Manager role within functional areas of would be equivalent to a Product Marketing role.
While this person helps to identify the high level product opportunities and business case, they generally are primarily focused on the go-to-market activities once the product exits Development.
Another less common role at Microsoft is the Product Planner, and whose focus is in understanding the segments and users and defining the product requirements, much like the traditional Product Manager role elsewhere. So as can be seen, there is a different mapping of titles to activities than may be found in other places.
The role of Program Manager is now fairly common in high tech as can be seen by the number of job openings. Regardless of the titles, in every organization there is a need for somebody to clearly define the product or service and its evolution and drive it through the organization and out to the market.
A high level list of activities could be: Discover and document the market or user needs and the business opportunity Define the specific technology solution and development plan Build and test the product or service Deploy the solution to internal functions e. There are only a few communication channels to maintain and since the base of customers is small, the operational and business systems are minimally developed.
Resources are tight and time-to-market or more accurately time-to-revenue is a key driver. The need for formal processes and documentation is very low and is perceived as adding overhead AKA cost and time.
In both cases there is a need for deeper pockets to be able to fund the extra staff. As a company experiences success and grows, the organizational structure needs to adapt and grow as well.
Adding more people adds more internal communication channels that need to be coordinated.
Adding more customers requires formalizing operational and business functions and beefing up their systems so they can scale. This results in more formal processes and longer planning to make changes. The founders and execs need to spend more time running a business with less time available for day-to-day activities.
The result is they cannot keep up contact with the growing customer base or in providing coordination of staff. In addition, product development decisions become more complex in balancing the need for new functionality with maintaining existing systems, and within the constraints of existing architectures, systems and processes.
The purpose of these roles is to help the organization in a few different ways: To be the customer advocate who understands the market and customers needs To bridge the gap between the market problem and a viable and usable solution that meets company goals To collaborate and coordinate across the organization to drive the project forward To be a subject matter expert on the product to the rest of the organization There are countless ways to achieve these results and where the confusion comes from in creating titles and defining roles and responsibilities.
Their involvement in the activities has been assigned three different levels: Primary, Partially and Possibly. Colors have also been assigned with darker colors indicating increasing involvement in the activity.Listed below are the key positions usually required at CCC. To increase chances of joining our family, make sure to fill out an application profile and keep it up to date.
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In two related articles, “What Does a Manager Do?" and “Why It’s Time to Change Our Views on Management and the Job of the Manager,” we explore this changing and important role in-depth. In this article, we take a step back and focus on the fundamentals of the job of manager and why it is both critical to success in today’s organizations and why it represents a viable career option.
Manager Role within Functional Areas of Business Johnney Chen MGT/ Mar 17, James Reding Manager Role within Functional Areas of Business A great number of companies establish their organizational structures in different functional areas.
Every functional area is a unit, division or a department, and each of them has their skills.