Category Archives: Careers & Networking


Technical Program Manager – Mentoring & Interview Preparation Guidance :)

Begin the journey of a lifetime to finding the right opportunity to become a great technical program manager with some guidance and mentoring. Technical Program Manager Mentoring Interview Preparation Guidance So since the “Interview Questions For A Technical Program Manager (TPM)” blog post was posted it has received a tremendous response from people who have found it helpful. I have received several requests from people across continents seeking guidance on how to become a technical program manager and useful tips for acing interviews. What I find is…

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Interview Questions for a Technical Program Manager

Interview Questions For A Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Interview Questions for a Technical Program Manager  Ohh where do I start ? Over the last 6 months or more I have been in the process of being interviewed and I have also interviewed a several candidates (yes, yes the irony !). It has been a very interesting journey to say the least. Which is why I thought it would be a good idea to write this post on “Interview Questions for A Technical Program Manager”. I have learnt a lot on what and how one…

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Salary Analysis of a Senior Program Manager in Seattle

Salary Analysis of Senior Program Managers in Seattle

Salary Analysis of Senior Program Managers in Seattle Salaries Having covered Roles and responsibilities of project managers, Program managers in my previous post. In this post I am taking a deeper look into compensation for these roles here in Seattle. How much does a Program Manager make ? What should your Salary as a Program Manager be and what are the subtle differences between a Program Manager, Senior Program Manager, Technical Program Manager, Lead Program Manager and a Principal Program Manager. Having discussed Roles and responsibilities in…

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Senior Program Manager

Demystifying The Roles & Responsibilities of Program Managers

Demystifying The Roles & Responsibilities Of Program Managers This post is about the various roles and responsibilities that are most commonly used in the Project Management world and how they are similar and what the differences are. This post is also to set the ground rules for the following post on the detailed analysis of Salaries for Program Managers in Seattle. BSA (Business Systems Analyst) – This was predominant before the whole Scrum revolution took off. Now most of these roles are either a Program…

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Certifications – To do or not to do

The sheer number of certification one can do is infinite. Companies like Microsoft and Oracle alone have more than you could possibly count. My first hand experience I could tell you both of these companies do not hold any value to these certifications when you interview with them. Which means to say having a certification does not offer more than a icing on the cake.At some point I think that certifications started out as a business unit to get individuals trained and certified to promote…

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The Art of Networking

Networking is an important aspect of any professionals life. There are several advantages in meeting and knowing more professionals from your discipline. By networking you have a ear to the ground on what is happening in your professional domain right in your backyard. You have the pulse on trends, techniques, tools and what each organization is struggling with.  It also helps you bounce ideas of your fellow colleagues in the field who have varied experience and find much needed mentors. So if you have not…

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The Interview Scene

The Interview Scene .. Excerpt I asked her how she was doing in the interview process and she said, “I’m actually still trying to get an interview.” “That’s weird.” I told her. “I thought you had already met with them a few times.” “Well, I grabbed coffee with the founder, and I had dinner with the team last night, and then we went to a bar together.” I chuckled. She was clearly confused with the whole matter. I told her, “Look, you just made it to the third…

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