Technical program managers (TPMs) are in charge of handling all aspects of technical projects for their organization. They are responsible for initiating programs, following their progress, and serving as support providers in case issues arise. They coordinate efforts among workers and outside vendors, as well as develop effective schedules and suggest action items that still need to be complete to successfully complete the project.
In addition to these tasks, technical project managers track technical issues and implement solutions in a prompt manner. They must effectively communicate project status and suggest changes to use company resources more efficiently. Technical project managers propose solutions to technical constraints using their technical expertise and experience, as well as provide expertise for escalated quality problems, and anticipate bottlenecks in the development cycle. Additionally, technical project managers identify technical impacts on the organization as they relate to business requirements. They define strategies, regularly participate in executive meetings to present their progress, and share project information with other professionals in their organization.
A bachelor's degree in administration, business, management, or a related field is needed for this position. Previous experience in a similar technical position can be helpful. Additional leadership or management certifications are a plus. Technical project managers must also be problem solvers with excellent leadership skills who can motivate the employees to reach all company objectives. They must work effectively on their own, as well as in a team settings with other managers.
Technical Program Manager (TPM) Tasks
- Provide technical leadership, but not line management of cross functional teams.
- Drive new products and features through the development process.
- Review and test code to ensure it works properly.
- Gather and create product requirements and specificiations.
- Make sure project meets deadlines and is completed within budget.