Program Management, 2nd Edition – A Book Review
Program Management (Fundamentals of Project Management) 2nd Edition is a revised and updated text of a bestselling book first published in 2010. Program management is now accepted as a link between strategy and projects. Going beyond just multiple-project management, program management is considered as a means for organizational change. The book contains a new section on agile management in programs, on change management, and a PgM maturity measure. It is an essential guide to program management complete with theoretical frameworks as well as many examples and case studies.
The second paperback edition was published on February 8, 2016, by Routledge Publishing. It is one of 7- part Fundamentals of Project Management series. It has 300 pages and about 0.8 inch thick. The title is displayed at the top in large white fonts, with the author’s name below it, on black background. Caricatures of people and different charts and graphs are displayed on the rest of the cover. ISBN-10: 1472474279; ISBN-13: 978-1472474278
Program Management is for a wide range of audience, from executives and strategic, operational and project managers to students and academics, in order to understand the issues that arise from the practice, successfully perform the role of the program manager and implement them in their organization.
What Customers Say
Eric Norman described it as a reference and guide for the serious program manager. The updated book reveals the critical role PgM plays for the delivery of benefits in complex and agile business environments.
M. Tomlinson described the second edition as an excellent reference that highlighted the contrasting views of how program management should be approached and where to fit it in the organization.
Morten Sorensen recommends the comprehensive guide and welcomes the additions of new perspectives, observations and recommendations.
Content, Approach, Style
Program Management is divided into 3 parts and 11 chapters. Part 1 defines and illustrates the background of program management in the organizational and program context. Part 2 contains 2 chapters that identifies the program constituents such as the key functions and the actors. The last part details the program life cycle in 6 chapters, providing comparisons of different life cycles, and discussing the different processes of program definition, deployment and closure.
The book contains figures and tables that aid learning. It has theories and examples, the latest versions of PgM guides and standards, and clear practical steps in managing programs. The text contains terms specific to business, organization and project management, which are clearly defined. The language is easy to understand and the book is very well-organized.
Why Buy the Book
Program management is now considered and accepted as an essential link that integrates business practices. Program Management is a book that will help executives and managers in different levels to align strategies, projects, and benefits, ultimately creating value for all stakeholders.
Books that Complement
Program Management for Improved Business Results by Martinelli, Waddell, and Rahschulte is another comprehensive and practical guide about the subject.
Penkar’s From Projects to Programs is a narrative of the successful journey of a project manager, breaking through in her new role as program manager.
Michel Thiry has over 35 years of professional experience as an architect, project manager, and now recognized as an authority in strategic applications of project, program, and value. He has a Master of Science degree in Organizational Behavior at the University of London, and currently pursuing a PhD at Middlesex University. He is the founder and managing partner of Valense, Ltd, based in London, a company offering organizational consulting and coaching services to project-based organizations. Michel is a member of the Certification Governance Council and a Seminar Leader in the PMI. He is a fellow of both the PMI and APM. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, a regular keynote speaker and author of many prominent books. Michel can be reached via his LinkedIn page.