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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Amacom (1 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814414265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814414262
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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An all-in-one guide to new trends and best practices in project management: Program Management Office

Program Management Office (PMO) is the secret weapon employed by Fortune 500 companies to get complex, simultaneous projects completed on time and on budget. Pioneered in the IT industry, PMO eliminates the haphazard nature of running multiple projects by creating a central office responsible for allocating limited resources, setting consistent measures, and monitoring progress. But PMO’s powerful tools and techniques can be used in any industry—construction to finance, health care to education—to enhance efficiency and performance.

The Program Management Office Advantage is the first practical, down-to-earth guide to PMO that anyone—project managers, IT professionals, line managers, and company executives—can quickly understand and implement. This complete, how-to guide covers the entire spectrum of issues and duties, from building a financial case for establishing a PMO to forging consensus about its impact on your organization… from implementing a fail-proof plan to improve project success rates to establishing standard practices that reduce the need to “reinvent the wheel”…from staffing the PMO with highly qualified people to leading it with the skills and knowledge that guarantee success.

It’s all here, in one essential resource to setting up and managing a state-of-the-art PMO that ensures all of your organization’s projects are running in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

About the Author

Lia Tjahjana worked in the Project Management industry in Australia for 7 years and is currently completing a Master of Liberal Arts in Management at Harvard University. She has a Master of Engineering Science in Project Management and aBachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of NewSouth Wales in Sydney.


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PMO (Programme Management Office) is still relatively new in the field of programme and project management, a browse through the business books tell us that it's an area which is still under represented. For people working within the field of PMO there has been a distinct lack of guidance and for some people they often feel like reluctant pioneers. We know that there is "no size fits all" for PMOs, there are no "off the shelf" templates for setting up a PMO and there are no right or wrong answers. The PMO professional knows they need to carry on learning and developing, watching and listening and using their skills, experiences and lessons learnt in the environment they work in. In 2008, the OGC launched the P3O (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices) guidance which pulled together much of the information and knowledge that existed, both "out there" in the public domain and from seasoned professionals. A thorough guidance, it was well-received in the PMO community by the practitioners.

The Program Management Office Advantage is a new text which also brings something to the PMO table. Ideally it should be read alongside P3O if you're a practitioner, or given to senior management if they prefer a business book that not only delivers an overview but also just enough depth to be useful in decision making.

The Program Management Office Advantage delivers nuggets that are thought-provoking and written specifically to "guide readers to find the answers". Covering the overview of the PMO, in Chapter 1, which includes the definition, the justification and the role the PMO plays within the organisation.
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A "Program Management Office" (PMO) helps an organization decide which projects it should fund and establishes proven project management procedures and processes. It also ensures that project managers adhere to controls. Management consultants Lia Tjahjana and Paul Dwyer and associate management professor Mohsin Habib discuss the PMO's benefits and explain why your company might want a PMO and how to establish it. To illustrate PMOs at work, the authors present a case history based on an actual organization and walk readers through the various PMO considerations. Although the presentation is relatively dry, getAbstract recommends this comprehensive guidebook because it carefully spells out what project managers and senior executives need to know about PMOs and how they work.
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By Joz on 3 Dec. 2012
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Excellent book! It has been a great way into the Program Management Office. I would recommend it to anyone looking to start a new career in the PMO, or simply looking to implement these changes in their organisation.
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PMO (Programme Management Office) is still relatively new in the field of programme and project management, a browse through the business books tell us that it's an area which is still under represented. For people working within the field of PMO there has been a distinct lack of guidance and for some people they often feel like reluctant pioneers. We know that there is "no size fits all" for PMOs, there are no "off the shelf" templates for setting up a PMO and there are no right or wrong answers. The PMO professional knows they need to carry on learning and developing, watching and listening and using their skills, experiences and lessons learnt in the environment they work in. In 2008, the OGC launched the P3O (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices) guidance which pulled together much of the information and knowledge that existed, both "out there" in the public domain and from seasoned professionals. A thorough guidance, it was well-received in the PMO community by the practitioners.

The Program Management Office Advantage is a new text which also brings something to the PMO table. Ideally it should be read alongside P3O if you're a practitioner, or given to senior management if they prefer a business book that not only delivers an overview but also just enough depth to be useful in decision making.

The Program Management Office Advantage delivers nuggets that are thought-provoking and written specifically to "guide readers to find the answers". Covering the overview of the PMO, in Chapter 1, which includes the definition, the justification and the role the PMO plays within the organisation. The scene is quickly set and fully understood from the clear and well articulated text, as well as the supporting case studies which run throughout the book centred on one organisation's journey. Part 2 focuses on the core competences of the PMO and includes areas such as Customer Management, Vendor Management, Project Knowledge Management and Project Resource Management. The Customer Management section was of particular interest as it is an area which should receive a lot of focus (how many new and existing PMOs face customer resistance?). The chapter gives some food for thought, especially in customer service excellence. It certainly made me think about the "customers" of the PMO further and the types of relationships I would be looking to build as users of the PMO.

The terminology is a little off in places for a UK audience but don't let that distract you: As you continue reading it becomes much easier to put it into your own context. The authors have also been careful not to cover certain project management topics in detail. For example, project scope, resource management, etc., have all been covered in other project management books. After reading a few chapters and thinking about certain aspects of what I'd just read, it did lead me to do a little research elsewhere (the Knowledge Management section was particularly of interest, just how do we gain use from lessons learnt?) And that's what The Program Management Office Advantage does: it points you in the direction of what is important in PMOs and allows you to think about how you can apply them to your own situation.

Apart from the concepts there is also a whole host of practical advice and "how to" guides. There are example documents and checklists in areas such as project selection, quality audits, things to consider when thinking about a project management system, various ingredients to consider when implementing a PMO, example PMO chapter etc. The chapters continue by looking at the processes (selection, control, monitoring and audit) and the PMO as a business division (establishing a PMO, implementing a PMO, PMO leadership and careers in the PMO).

Compared to the P3O manual, the text flows easily and it is an easy to read and understand book. It covers pretty much the same areas as the P3O guidance but I preferred the case studies in The PMO Advantage (they felt much more in context with the text and helped drive some points home). There are a lot of new thoughts in PMO, too: I especially like the change management approach when setting up a PMO and the leadership style of the PMO Manager. Both are areas which are not covered in much depth in the P3O guidance. The PMO Advantage is also pretty much methodology independent (there are some mentions of PMI and OGC but not overly) and doesn't rely on readers having PRINCE2 or MSP (the P3O guidance is very MSP heavy when describing how to set up a PMO). Currently priced at around £16, it's also a book which I found provided value for money and should definitely be picked up by the PMO practitioner and added to their library.
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HASH(0x9efa0ed0) out of 5 stars The Program Management Office Advantage 4 April 2012
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A "Program Management Office" (PMO) helps an organization decide which projects it should fund and establishes proven project management procedures and processes. It also ensures that project managers adhere to controls. Management consultants Lia Tjahjana and Paul Dwyer and associate management professor Mohsin Habib discuss the PMO's benefits and explain why your company might want a PMO and how to establish it. To illustrate PMOs at work, the authors present a case history based on an actual organization and walk readers through the various PMO considerations. Although the presentation is relatively dry, getAbstract recommends this comprehensive guidebook because it carefully spells out what project managers and senior executives need to know about PMOs and how they work.
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HASH(0x9efa12b8) out of 5 stars HR Consultant 10 Dec. 2009
By Stavroula Filandros - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an essential tool for those interested in learning the latest on program management, specifically a centralised program management office. The book gave me pointers on managing the recent restructuring of my company where we had many sub-projects running at the same time, and we desperately needed an office to coordinate all of them. Consolidation of specialised program management staff provides an effective and efficient way to ensure projects are on track from beginning to end and pick up risks or issues before they become potential disasters. It's basically an easy-to-follow `project management blueprint' for organisations large and small that want that professional edge.
HASH(0x9e9dc108) out of 5 stars Project Managers: "We're Coming Out!" 7 Mar. 2015
By Demetrius Minos - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is straight-forward in its approach. It is what I would call an entry-level survey into the topic of understanding the value of a PMO and how to go about justifying and establishing. While being basic it is interesting and gradually becomes more so as the book progresses. I found the second half of the book to be more engaging than the first half. The second half of the book does a good job of delving into some of the critical business, political, and organizational issues to be considered before considering the introduction of a PMO. Having stated that, I feel this book is more useful to students and practitioners with little experience than those of us who are seasoned veterans - because it is of a more introductory work. The presentation of templates in the appendix was a pleasant surprise. While they are basic they are a nice touch.
HASH(0x9ef9ce64) out of 5 stars PM Office 19 Feb. 2012
By Vader - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book to use for researching a PMO office. Would have given a 5 if there were real world examples.
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