Someone has an interesting view of PMs (at least at Yahoo!)

I’ve often gotten the idea that a Yahoo! Product Manager is more or less the same as our Program Management. Their new CEO, whose attitude I like (she happily discourses on the things she thinks are ridiculous about their products – something that she’ll start to stop doing once stuff is built under her), seems…

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The job of program management

In a detailed post over on E7 about the Win7 design process comes this: With regard to where ideas come from, what we like to say is that the job of program management is not to have all the great ideas but to make sure all the great ideas are ultimately picked. The best program…

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Exchange team defines a Program Manager

Regular readers* of this blog will know that I have a thing for definitions of program management (see mine, Chris Pratley’s, and Steven Sinofsky’s). The Exchange team recently put up a recruiting site, called ExchangeYourCareer.com. On it, they have a typically irreverent, but insightful description of the job of PM. I’ve reproduced it below: You…

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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…

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Chris Pratley on Program Management

An oldie but a goodie: http://blogs.msdn.com/chris_pratley/archive/2004/02/09/70474.aspx  The best bits (in one paragraph, but split out for emphasis – bold is mine): […] one way to describe PMs is that they not only “pick up and run with the ball, they go find the ball”. That really defines the difference between “knowing what to do and…

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Reflections on Program Management at Microsoft

  Lots of changes in my work life in the past year months. About 10 months ago, I joined the IE team to work on IE features. It was pretty similar to what I was doing back in Networking. However, back in January, I started the long progression of moving slowly from working on IE…

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