How I Started to Manage My Project Portfolio

I’d been managing testing and continuing engineering groups at a company that made complex hardware/software systems. Then the company started a large program and asked me to be the program manager. I stopped being the director and ran that program.

About four months before our planned release, a customer canceled a contract. We could not sustain the number of people in the organization. Management decided to lay off about half the engineering staff (software, hardware, mechanical, you name it). They assigned someone else to manage the program and asked me to be the software director. And they canned my boss, the VP.

We were down to about forty people in development, half the number of people ...

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