The power of the program
Experience is often the best teacher when it comes to learning how to tackle difficult challenges, and in the case of this article, when it comes to learning how to manage large business programs. This article examines how four program managers--each with very different backgrounds, each with the same professional orientation--practice their discipline. In doing so, it identifies practical advice for managing programs, advice that involves approaches to learning continuously, managing requirements, delivering on promises, and finding solutions. It discusses--as an example of managing programs--the United States Army's effort to create a line of high-tech military gear for field soldiers, a line known as Land Warrior. It concludes by describing the challenges of working with executives when managing programs.