I recently had the pleasure of taking a deep dive into large program management best practices and recording a webcast on the subject.
Over the years the Lewis Fowler team and I have had the opportunity to work with many customers to either run, support or recover their large programs. Across all of these experiences I have learned that fostering straight talk and having regular reality checks are both critical activities when tasked with running a large program.
I decided it would be good to cover what is important from a P-R-O-G-R-A-M perspective, the key concepts I identified include:
Please stop treating programs like projects.
ROI is the name of the game.
Organizational change management will be the difference.
Governance can make or break any program.
Risk management supports the successful landing of programs.
Attributes of who is on the bus.
Measure outcomes and progress to make sure progress is real.
I have been known to come to a client and within 24 hours be able to tell the leadership team what may go wrong or what is currently going wrong. Often times I like to use a Mindmap, a diagram used to visually organize information as a tool to visualize the program.
Of all the realities of running large programs, I continue to say people, communication and change management are at the very top in terms of key focus areas to create a successful program.
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, I encourage you to tune in to my webcast recording available below:
We would love to hear from other experienced leaders about their keys to successfully running large programs. Are there other factors that have been instrumental in program success for you?