The Essentials of Managing Programmes


Book Title: The Essentials of Managing Programmes        
Author:  John Bartlett, BA Hon. FRGS, Hon. FAPM, CPM, ALCM, LLCM
Publisher:  Routledge
List Price:   $ 50.95
Format:  Paperback, 102 pages
Publication Date:   2017    
ISBN: 978-1-138-28829-4
Reviewer: Marta Santos, PhD
Review Date: February 2018



The Essentials of Managing Programmes revolves around the decisions, benefits, and distinctions between  program and project management. John Bartlett, the author of this and several other books/articles covering change, risk, and quality devotes this volume to further clarify the approaches and techniques to successful implementation of programs.

Overview of Book’s Structure

A good portion of this book is dedicated to helping the reader distinguish the uses and purposes of projects and programs, as well as its benefits and exceptions. Several tables and illustrations allow for easy visualization of concepts and process flow. The examples are attention grabbers, as they include the very well-known Year 2000 problem besides other high profile UK programs.


In the author’s opinion, these are some of the key characteristics of a programme:

  • Allows for breakdown of a business strategy into smaller components
  • Tolerates variation in the business strategy interpretation
  • Longer duration than projects
  • Strategic nature – Supports the strategic objective of an organization
  • Focus – A business strategy
  • Designed for scope change
  • Ideal for monitoring benefits achievement
  • Should be designed for change
  • Complex and multidisciplinary
  • Ideal for innovative undertakings
  • Change can be implemented as strategic programs
  • More adaptable to an organization’s culture


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About the Reviewer

Marta Santos, PhD,

Texas, USA


Marta Santos
currently serves on a global Cybersecurity Transformation Program as a Project Coordinator – IT Security. She previously served on a global IT Infrastructure Refresh Project after transitioning from a productive career in the Life Sciences as a Research Scientist and author on major scientific journals. She is looking forward to growing in and contributing to the Project Management profession. This is her third book review for the PM World Journal.

A naturalized American from Brazil, Marta currently lives in the Dallas area.

Email address: www.linkedin.com/in/martabsantos 


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