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Program Management for Improved Business Results by James M. Waddell, Russ Martinelli, Dragan Z. Milosevic

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Part IV. The Program Manager

To this point in the book we have explained how program management is an extension of business strategy; how a program is defined, planned, and executed; and what common processes, metrics, and tools are available for use by the program manager.

This part of the book focuses on the program manager. Specifically, the program manager's primary roles and responsibilities and the competencies that a program manager needs to effectively manage a program.

In Chapter 12, we begin by explaining that programs are the investment vehicles used to achieve ROI and other strategic objectives and why the business manager needs to delegate business responsibilities to a program manager for managing the ROI for a particular program. To achieve this responsibility, the program manager has two primary roles to fulfill: managing the business aspects of the program and leading the program team to success.

The first role, managing the business, begins with the focus on alignment of the program with business strategy and development of the program business case. Then, it continues with the management of program finances, resources, intellectual property, and business risks. The first role ends with monitoring the market and customers.

The second role of the program manager—leading the team—concentrates on establishing the program vision, empowering the PCT, and navigating change and risk through the collaborative work of the program team.

To successfully respond to these two roles, ...

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