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Applying Guiding Principles of Effective Program Delivery by Kerry R. Wills

By Kerry R. Wills

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The key idea here is to derive and agree on the incremental milestones and key dependencies with program stakeholders (oversight/­steering committees, business, as well as the IT program team) from program start through final delivery. My program had eight different IT workstreams, each having its own development team, project manager or lead (full or partial allocation), and associated schedule or plan. At the start of the program, each workstream provided its key milestones and ­cross-­team dependencies, which were denoted within their respective plans using an a­ greed-­upon format.

By reporting on each of these items in detail through the executive level, items would be understood in relation to each other across delivery teams. The initial team to create these standards sat between both organizations, and acted as an independent team, so as to create consistency between both organizations. Program status reports were the first documents implemented. These ­multiple-­page documents gave a pivot out of the program schedule data, cost views (by asset), scope, or risk. This gave a comprehensive view of each project, inclusive of risks, accomplishments, and upcoming milestones.

Be decisive. One of the biggest challenges on programs is that project managers and program managers do not feel that they can make 26 • Applying Principles of Effective Program Delivery decisions. Part of being diligent and keeping the project moving is to make decisions in a timely manner. Having too many decisions pile up will cause delays and a loss of confidence from the project team. The key is gathering as much information as possible including input from team members and then making f­act-­based decisions or a “best professional opinion” based on known information.

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