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5.0 out of 5 stars New book on Program Management, 6 Dec 2010
Stephen A. Leybourne (Boston, Ma) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Program Management (Fundamentals of Project Management) (Paperback)
This modest looking book (of around 200 pages) addresses an area of vital importance, and one that is gaining in stature as groups of projects become more complex and all-embracing in management. Michel Thiry has drawn on his considerable experience and research to produce an excellent text that academics, and practitioners alike, will find of immense value. The content is well researched, empirically supported, and grounded in the definitions and terms of the relevant Bodies of Knowledge, and will provide an excellent resource for the consideration of programs of linked projects.

This is a timely publication as it recognises the paradigm shift over the last few years from `tools and techniques' to `behaviours' and `softer' elements within project and program management. Too often, at the program level, activity is seen in terms of `process', but Michel has rightly recognised the management challenges of ambiguity and uncertainty, the importance of behaviours and culture, and the pervading `complexity creep' that is now being recognised as an important element of programs and projects.

The book starts with some conceptualisation of the program domain, and addresses the concepts of uncertainty and ambiguity early in our journey. Chapter two moves from the program to the organizational context, and also looks at program offices. We then move to issues of maturity, and of culture, with some excellent advice on how to promote `culture shift' within programs of projects. Arguably, the book is worth the investment for this section alone. Chapters four and five examine key program components, the participants in program-based management, and their roles and responsibilities. Section Three (Chapters six to eleven) deals with some of the `nuts and bolts' of program management

Overall, I think this is a significant addition to the literature on program-based management, and it is particularly important that Michel has considered what to some will be a familiar subject through a different lens. Specifically, this text considers its' subject area with an awareness that not everything can be planned, that ambiguity and uncertainty are a major component of today's turbulent organizational environments, and that culture plays a major part in what can be achieved by programs of project-based work.

I believe that program management practitioners will benefit from this book. It has some different, but extremely valid perspectives to offer. The investment of time will reward you, and your program management will be all the better for absorbing the considerable knowledge contained here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Program Management explained, 6 Dec 2010
This review is from: Program Management (Fundamentals of Project Management) (Paperback)
Ever wanted to know what makes a good Program Manager different - why some get it and some don't? What is this thing called Program Management? Why do companies increasingly need it to stand out, to succeed? This book will shine a light on these questions and more in an open and straightforward manner. If you are responsible for realising strategies and bringing in the benefits to the organisation; everyone knows that project management can make things happen, but how do you get that discipline and drive for your strategic needs? This is Program Management. For me this book simply and concisely explains what and how this is achievable. For a practising Program Manager this is a first, a theoretical text which really understands what I do!
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