Category Archives: Program Management

Thoughts on Project Management: 4 Key Questions for Work Plans

One of the first activities a project manager performs when starting a project is to create a project work plan showing all the activities, dependencies, and durations required for the project to determine when the project will be delivered.  This activity can take as much time as the project manager has and more, so it is important to make sure to focus on what you want out of the project work plan during the creation process. This focus will allow the project manager to determine whether spending more time on figuring out whether creating API #3 will take two weeks or three weeks is important to know. Continue reading Thoughts on Project Management: 4 Key Questions for Work Plans

Thoughts on Project Management: Driving Group Decisions

A project manager is expected to be like a doctor in diagnosing and treating the ills of a project.  Like a doctor, the project manager should be the first to know that the project is straying from the ability to deliver on the needed outcomes or seeing that the original outcomes aren’t really going to help the business.  At this point, it is up to the project manager to crystallize a conversation with the project team and project leadership to first understand the problem, understand the possible options and routes to solution, and act as the dispassionate observer, facilitating agreement on the correct option and direction. Continue reading Thoughts on Project Management: Driving Group Decisions

Thoughts on Project Management: 3 Tips for Preventing Scope Creep

Managing scope is the key to any project’s success.  Everyone looks for scope creep and tries to guard against it.  What happens when the words we’re both saying describe a concept or outcome that are the same but mean something different to each of us? What if there is more complexity involved in an apparently “known” word? Even when we think we are starting in the same place, sometimes we aren’t.  How can a project manager be more explicit in describing the scope of a project even when using words everybody “knows”? Continue reading Thoughts on Project Management: 3 Tips for Preventing Scope Creep

Chris Kratochvil on How to Become a Program Manager

Want to know what it takes to work in data and analytics? Every other Friday, our own Informationists will share their thoughts, experiences, and advice on what they do and what they did to get there. Expect to see a wide range of answers from individuals in the same lines of work; our Informationists come from all walks of life, which only shows that there’s more than one way to get on the right career track.

Following our last post in this series on Reed Bradford, Data Quality Architect, this week’s post features Chris Kratochvil, Program Manager. Chris earned his BA in Art and Computer Graphics from Lycoming College. He has worked in the NYC metropolitan area as well as areas of Germany and Ukraine across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and clinical research industries.

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