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Portfolio and Programme Management Demystified: Managing Multiple Projects Successfully [Paperback]

Geoff Reiss
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8 Aug 1996
This book provides the perfect companion to Geoff Reiss's Project Management Demystified and presents the techniques of multi-project management in a lively, approachable manner. It covers budgets, cost control, planning problems and matrix management formulae. Drawing on a wide range of case histories and lively examples, it tackles organisational issues and the multi-project conflicts that often arise.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (8 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0419213503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0419213505
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book for everyone dealing with more than one project
Managing projects is, it is said, like juggling three balls - cost, quality and time. Programme Management (portfolio management, multi-project management) is like a organising a troupe of jugglers all juggling their three balls and swapping balls from time to time.

I've been working in the programme management arena for a number of years and I wrote this book to help others.

It follows on from Project Management Demystified which has become much more widely read that I could have dared to hope.

I've covered the practical problems in a practical way and I hope it will help you too.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but uninformative 8 April 2002
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This book is well written and interesting to read, but I felt that it did not capture the essence of Programme Management (i.e. Bringing about change in an organisation). I also felt the book did not provide any new information that the average project manager would not already be aware of. To contrast, I also bought the CCTA guide to Programme Management, which I found much more useful, offering a much more detailed and technical approach to Programme Management, rather than just an extension to project management methods and principles.
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I have to admit, I had high expectations of this particular book from the on line reviews and focused on an intense few days of reading to absorb without diluting the content.
However, after the first couple of chapters, I rapidly realised that although the author may be experienced in this subject, the perception to the reader is that this book is written with a chip on the shoulder about management roles and 'past experiences', a battled scarred attitude! There was really very little content that would help someone understand Programme Mgt. For example, techniques for resolving cross-funtional and project issues/risks/budgeting are not even mentioned. Even coverage of areas such as focusing on the many areas under the umbrella of Programme, such as Business, IT, Change Mgt, Infrastruction & Organisational changes etc... are not even covered, this is an absolute must for a programme mgt focused book.
I was very disappointed as the author has spend too much time focusing on sarcasm and wit rather than rather than actually providing a useful insight into programme mgt. Just to provide an example, one particular client name used in examples is of name 'Norfolk & Goode', which as phrased in this book and when read quickly is meant to sound abrasive and rude even though the example was trying to focus on a serious topic. Come on, how old are we?
The only real area of the book which I found accurate was in the multiple types of matrix and project structures, for this I would say should have been the standard for the book throughout.
In summary, this book needs to be far more positive, less sarcastic, less emotional on bad experiences and stick to the facts, more content on actual programme management and less on trying to make fun and jokes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tries hard, but fails! 20 Mar 2008
By DavidS
As others have said, I too had high expectations of this book. However, I found the author's attempts to be humorous, and evident 'chip on the shoulder' attitude to be thoroughly off-putting. I found myself having to stop several times a paragraph to absorb jokes about "killing two birds with one Estonian" for example, which destroys the flow of the book.

Whilst this is an admirable attempt at injecting some fun into a rather dry subject, I would suggest you read a few pages in a bookshop first to see if you can get on with it. I'm sorry to say that I didn't!!
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