Reading the Standard for Program Management book and other sources of data for program management I found something interesting about the skills that a program manager has to have.
You will find in the main lists of skills things like:
- Communications skills,
- stakeholders engagement skills,
- leadership skills,
- change management skills,
- Leading with ambiguity,
- analytical skills,
- integration skills,
To me the last one “integration skills” is the more important one in the initiation phase of a program. The ability to abstract at program level, having the program picture, its dependencies, project initiatives involved in the process, project components and how to integrate them is one of the most important skills to be able to manage a program.
Without this, the other things are useless.
How do you eat an elephant? cutting in pieces and then in slices.