In the Age of Turbulence: How to make Executive PMOs Successful


pmwj23-jun2014-Roberts-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  In the Age of Turbulence: How to make Executive PMOs Successful
Author:  Abid Mustafa
Publisher:  Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
List Price:   US$24  Format:  soft cover; 116 pages

Publication Date:   2013     ISBN: 1482740621
Reviewer:      Diane Williams Roberts
Review Date:              May, 2014


Introduction to the Book

In the Age of Turbulence: How to make Executive PMOs Successful focuses on the tools, mindset and techniques needed to establish an executive program management office. The author also provides insight into strategies needed to gain executive and enterprise wide acceptance of an EPMO through gradual adoption, proving out the staffing model in support of initiatives that may require the skills of enterprise program and project manages as well as innovations in turning an EPMO into a profit center.

The book also focuses on pitfalls in establishing an EPMO:

  • Political minefields
  • Staffing challenges
  • Corporate individualism and
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The author takes a pragmatic approach in walking the reader through the establishment and evolution of an EPMO within the corporate environment. The first chapter is a series of smaller units that describe the basic tools needed to be successful in creating an EPMO that matches with the needs of the reader’s company. These units highlight tactical elements required to create an EPMO. Chapter 2 focuses on project management methodology and the value in creating an end to end methodology that will enhance the corporate character of the EPMO. Chapter 3 dives into the role of individual project managers and what skill sets are needed for executive versus smaller department initiatives. The final 2 chapters look at tools and opportunities to take an EPMO to market within a corporate environment.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

The author takes a fresh look at 2 topics within the book – establishing an EPMO as a profit center and the damage that can be done to an EPMO by a culture of intellectual micromanagement.


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About the Reviewer

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Texas, USA

Diane Roberts leads a seasoned group of program and project management professionals in her current role as an IT Project Delivery Manager for Essilor of America. Essilor of America is the North American headquarters, for Essilor International. Essilor is the world healthcare device leader in providing corrective lenses to individuals in over 100 countries. Diane Roberts has more than 20 years of experience in management and information technology positions within the research, healthcare and telecommunications industries.

Diane Roberts directs Delivery activities involving Information Technology for the corporation, which encompasses the identification, analysis, design, build, implementation and support of various applications in support of Essilor’s business needs.  Diane also provides consultation services to international organizations and has lead multiple initiatives as a technology professional.

Diane Roberts has staffed organizations, created performance and incentive plans, managed the relationships between IT Delivery and various business organizations including but, not limited to Supply Chain, Finance, Human Resources and Engineering.  She has controlled budgets of up to $50 million and her use of resources and sound Software Development Lifecycle methodology have aided key business users in many organizations to achieve outstanding performance through leveraging technology.

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