Project Management Institute

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When it's time to name a new program manager, do you find a candidate among your project management ranks or do you look outside your organization? Not every project manager will make an effective program manager, and not all of them will want to pursue that career path. In this article, five professionals reveal how to identify those who can trade the tactical work of managing projects for the strategic mindset essential for successful program management. First, the article discusses the benefits of promoting a project manager from within the organization to a program manager role. It then explores the potential pitfalls of that practice. Next, the article explores a good way to judge if an internal manager is ready for a program management role. It also cites how to groom candidates and spot signals that a project manager would not be a good fit. Examples of grooming internal project managers are also provided. In addition, the article discusses ways to look for outside hires and assess their skills. It con
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