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Taming Change with Portfolio Management: Unify Your Organization, Sharpen Your Strategy and Create Measurable Value (Management Management Techniqu) Hardcover – 9 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608320383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608320387
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a guide that shows how any organisation can harness the power of change by applying the cutting-edge discipline of portfolio management. It features enormous potential audience. The authors provide software and software services to over 500,000 individuals world-wide. In addition, the authors will use the book for presentations to senior members of the Project Management Institute, an organisation with over 500,000 members in more than 170 countries. This title offers a user-friendly introduction to a tremendously powerful management system. With clever graphics and case studies drawn from the authors' fifty years of combined experience, this book is essential reading for anyone seeking an effective and adaptable approach to managing organisations in a world of constant change. This is the first book to show companies how to unify the portfolio management process. While hundreds of books have been written about various portions of this system, this is the first book to synthesise all the information into one definitive treatment and expand the scope of project portfolio management to company - wide applications.

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Format: Hardcover
Reading the back cover (always good to do when reading a "textbook"), the bold claim is made: "While hundreds of books have been written about the various portions of this discipline, this is the first book to synthesize all the information into one definitive treatment of portfolio management". What is not explicitly said however is that the authors are respectively CEO / Founder (Pat Durbin) and Chief Solution Architect (Terry Doerscher) of Planview Inc, who provide an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) software tool focusing on portfolio management aspects. You need to ask yourselves the question as to whether this is a textbook that seeks to legitimise the principles behind the development of a specific tool, or whether that tool really does implement a definitive treatment of portfolio management.

Physical review first then. The book has around 350 pages broken down into six sections of twenty chapters. There are quite a few diagrams, some very simple and some that will take some serious thinking about. There are some screenshots from the aforementioned ERP that illustrate the "art of the possible", and to the authors' credit are not gratuitous product advertising. Pages are well laid out and the writing style is formal, but actually very readable. Make no mistake, this is a totally different style of book to the OGC's recent "Guidance on Portfolio Management" - it treats the subject with in-depth analysis, where maybe the OGC book was quite light.

First impressions are pretty favourable then. Not too big, very readable, salient diagrams and there's obviously some academic and practical pedigree in the authoring team.
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Taming change is an excellent book for those seeking to understand how to link the various stove-piped functions , programmes and projects within an organisation to support the strategic focus. There are occasional nomenclature problems, depending on which side of the "pond" you live; but even that is a useful lesson in communication and cross-cultural working. A useful and readable book for the strategic executive, as well as for students studying strategic management; portfolio, programmes, and projects; and strategic information management.
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Taming Change a great read for ITIL practitioners... 5 July 2010
By John M. Worthington - Published on
Format: Hardcover
While the scope of Taming Change is well beyond those interested in adopting IT service management, the concepts apply extremely well to that environment. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to understand how portfolio management can and should be integrated into an overall program for effective IT/Business governance.

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A Book Written For Executives By Executives 23 Jun. 2010
By Dennis L. Bolles - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Change is the rule to day, not the exception. In the past the effects of economic climate changes were long term, they became the new norm for many years. The changes that have affected all of us, individuals and businesses, around the world beginning in 2008 have created conditions that we have never experienced before. The economic challenges that are impacting organizations of all sizes around the world are without precedence. Today our roles as business leaders and the way we have managed the cost of doing business as usual are gone. Our mindset of how we manage our organizations must change if we are to survive these economic challenges.

Pat Durbin and Terry Doerscher have developed a concept for managing change with the Portfolio Ecosystem in their book "Taming Change with Portfolio Management: Unify Your Organization, Sharpen Your Strategy, And Create Measurable Value" that provides organizations of all types and sizes a way to effectively manage changes impacting all areas of the organization. This book is written for business executives by business executives using the language that is understood by executives.

This book is by far the best book about positioning the Project Management Office within an organization to affectively "...apply the discipline of portfolio management to take command of change events as they flow through your organization." (Durbin and Doerscher p3).
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Practical PPM Guidance for Today's Businesses 24 Jun. 2010
By Mark Price Perry - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this new portfolio management book written by Pat Durbin and Terry Doerscher, two of the thought leaders at Planview and within the project management community. The book provides a comprenhensive set of topics and a unique perspective not found in the current literature. Many organizations struggle with the pressing reality that change needs to be organizational instituionalized, not viewed as a one time event. Durbin and Doerscher have teamed to pen a must-read book on this often difficult to understand and implement domain. Congrats to the authors.
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True expertise, real-world context and vision 5 July 2010
By Mario Arlt - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book both for portfolio management practitioners and executives. Several aspects of the book are outstanding: the integration of project portfolio management into the greater organizational context of managing a business, process focus and the emphasis on using portfolio management as an instrument of change. This book is both visionary and relevant to practitioners at the same time. Highly recommended.
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Excellent Reference Book for Portfolio Management 18 July 2010
By Jim Carras - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have just completed Taming Change and found that it is an excellent reference book for both strategic and tactical business change management. I especially like to chapters on implementing portfolio management where you use a process approach to building a framework. I highly recommend this book.
Jim Carras
Executive Director,
Enterprise Management Association - International (EMA-I)
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