Steven Sinofsky on PM


Office head honcho Steven Sinofsky posted last week about Program Management. Whew — and I thought my post was long.


Related to a discussion I had in SF last week with some colleagues, here’s his list of some of the qualities that make a great PM: 





  • Strong interest in what computing can do — a great interest in technology and how to apply that to problems people have in life and work


  • Great communication skills — you do a lot of writing, presenting, and convincing


  • Strong views on what is right, but very open to new ideas — the best PMs are not necessarily those with the best ideas, but those that insure the best ideas get done


  • Selfless — PM is about making sure the best work gets done by the team, not that your ideas get done. 


  • Empathy — As a PM you are the voice of the customer so you have to really understand their point of view and context 


  • Entrepreneur — as a PM you need to get out there and convince others of your ideas, so being able to is a good skill

A long read, but worth it.

Comments (1)

  1. Bit-cycling says:

    Regular readers * of this blog will know that I have a thing for definitions of program management (see