Before we talk about the role of a Program Manager in the Waterfall or an agile environment, let us understand what these methodologies are,
Waterfall: Waterfall is a traditional methodology that focuses on completing the project in a linear format. The project requirements and plans are pre-defined during the planning phase. In waterfall methodology, the project is broken down into smaller tasks where each task depends on the completion of the previous job before proceeding further. Waterfall methodology is considered easy to manage due to its pre-defined processes.
Agile: Agile methodologies include iterative processes, which focus on delivering the product in the shortest possible time. It is a flexible method designed to adapt to changes. Agile focuses on short-term plans of regular intervals rather than planning the whole project at the initiation stage. It prioritizes the work, depending on the customer’s essential requirements.
Program Management and the role of a Program Manager: Program aims at executing a group of components (i.e. projects, subprograms and other related activities) that are interdependent and has a common goal towards the output of the program. Program managers are responsible for leading those components towards a beneficial outcome. They initiate program governance to define the program management plan and monitor the signs of progress. They also adopt the usage of tools and techniques approved by the organization.
When considering Agile and Waterfall, Agile is more of a product-based, whereas Waterfall is more of a project-based. Agile focuses on delivering the product on a sprint basis, whereas Waterfall dispatches the deliverables only when the project is complete. Unlike other methodologies, Agile focuses on short term goals and are iterative. Waterfall has a clearly defined process where changes are incorporated when it is only required.
So considering these, Program manager makes the choice of methodology that best suit the nature of work required for accomplishing the program objective.
Now the question comes should the program manager opt for Agile or Scrum master certification or they should go for PgMP® (Program Management Professional). It depends on your role in the organization. Consider whether you are looking to manage an agile team or lead a group of projects or programs. If you were aspiring to promote yourself in the organization, it would be better for you to go for PgMP®.
In the below video, you can watch my Interaction with Thomas Walenta on the Agile, Waterfall methodologies and the role of Program Manager in this space.
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The field of Project, Program and Portfolio Management are reaching new heights, and so are the certifications associated with them. PgMP® and PfMP® numbers are increasing rapidly to meet the certified professional’s requirement worldwide. I am happy to inform you that the PgMP® count (As on January 1, 2020) has reached 3105 globally, amongst which 264 PgMP®s were supported by vCare Project Management to savour success. It is 9% of the global PgMP® count.
Welcoming 33 New PgMP®s
Welcoming 33 New PgMP®s
359 new PgMP®s were added to the global PgMP® count in 2019. 33 PgMP®s were added in December 2019, amongst which 6 PgMP®s were from vCare. It is 18% of the total PgMP®. Kudos to the 33 new PgMP®s.
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Saudi Arabia is getting closer to the PgMP® count of 125.
Australia might record a century PgMP®s by May 2020.
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Singapore has crossed the PgMP® count of 50.
We welcome Azerbaijan and Gambia to the PgMP® World.
The PgMP® journey of vCare in 2019 was exciting, yet we could contribute to the success of only 49 PgMP®s from the 359 PgMP®s. It is 14% of the global PgMP®. This number is not only less than the determined milestone of 100 but also less than our PgMP® numbers in 2017 and 2018. (54 and 72 respectively). Therefore, our vision for 2020 is to reach 100.
Our collaboration with PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and Nashville Chapter at the beginning of 2019 was an enormous success. We have now spread our wings to address different regions of USA, Australia, Germany, Italy, Canada, Singapore, UAE, Greece, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the first half of 2020. The passion for teaching and the enthusiasm to serve the project-program-portfolio management community helped us to collaborate with multiple partners.
Early-bird registration for the Seattle program closes on January 15, 2020, and final registration closes on February 18, 2020. To know more about the Seattle Program, visit: http://bit.ly/2PeWS2W (Chapter Link, Geo-restricted) or http://bit.ly/2Lqt0iW
Thomas Walenta from Germany is supporting us for the Frankfurt Program. Thomas Walenta works on projects and programs from 1974 and selected Project Management as his sole career profession in 1988. A former board member of PMI he undertook the PgMP® certification post retirement. Kindly Check out our interaction in the below video where we discuss the importance and impact of PgMP® in an individual’s career.
My proud PgMP® pupil Vincenzo Arnone, EAPMCM (European Academy for Project Management and Change Management) is supporting us for the Rome Program. He completed his PgMP® in 2018 and now wants to support the aspirations of his network in Italy along with vCare Project Management.
Super Early Bird and the Early Bird offer for the European Programs end on January 31 2020 and February 29 2020 respectively.
We are collaborating with the Engineering Science Institute (ESI), Saudi Arabia for the Riyadh and Jeddah Programs. A PMI R.E.P based out of Riyadh, ESI is a pioneer training institute who focus on providing engineers sector of public and corporates with continuous education related to engineering sciences and project management in the form of class and project site practical training.
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