What is a Programming Manager?

Computer ScienceWhile most workers are familiar with upper management positions and their part in business operations, many are curious by the Programming Manager’s job and how it affects their daily duties.

Where Do Programming Managers Fit in the Employee Scaffold?

Businesses are about creating profits while pleasing their clientele. To achieve this, businesses operate multiple programs within their company to maximize financial gains while ensuring the quality of the services or products they provide to customers. According to IBM, one popular governance model to oversee this process uses a top-down infrastructure which involves:

  • Upper level executives working with a Project Steering Committee to decide which programs will advance.
  • Programming managers overseeing and coordinating the work and operation details for all approved projects.
  • Project managers, their planners and teams carrying out the individual projects they are assigned.

There may be variations to this model across businesses. Essentially, though, the programming manager is part of the middle management tier and bears the responsibility to communicate expectations and concerns between Project Managers and Executive Officers while coordinating project resources and maintaining efficient work production for all ongoing projects.

What Does a Programming Manager Actually Do?

To learn more about what a programming manager does,  it’s appropriate to describe basic functions of the job. Programming Managers are expected to:

  • Create the framework for each project. The framework ensures there are clear directives and expectations for Project Managers and team workers to follow. It also provides the anticipated cost, time and scope of the project and must comply with the outcomes expected by upper management.
  • Work with the Chief Financial Officer and each project manager to: Determine necessary resources and cost runs for each project, develop appropriate budgets, and oversee implementation of budgets by project managers
  • Ensure project managers are working within time constraints for project completion
  • Lead project managers and their teams in coordinating efforts between projects that are interrelated.
  • Keep upper management informed about the progress of ongoing projects and act as a liaison between higher-ups and project managers to address concerns, needs or changes in project direction.
  • Collaborate and coordinate team training for project managers and their teams.

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What Qualifications are Required to Become a Programming Manager?

Programming managers most often have a business degree in Project Management or a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA). They also need to demonstrate experience in the field in which they are working. Many Programming Managers were once project managers who have been promoted from within company ranks. Certification is often requested by employers and can be obtained by taking the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

Programming managers are an important link between general employees and upper management. They are often the pulse of the business keeping relevant information flowing between project managers, their teams and upper management. By coordinating the efforts of all employees, programming managers ensure the outcomes of projects that affect business profits.