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Strategic Benefits Realization

PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj24-jul2014-Sohrwardy-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title: Strategic Benefits Realization
Author: Craig. J. Letavec
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
List Price:   US$64.95
Format: Hardcover; 281 pages
Publication Date:     2014
ISBN: 978-1-60427-093-8
Reviewer:      Huma Sohrwardy
Review Date:            June 12, 2014
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Introduction to the Book

Strategic Benefits Realization is a concise and succinct primer on benefits realization management in the context of portfolio / program / project management and organizational change management.

It provides a practical framework to identify, manage and realize benefits at these different levels and their inter dependencies. The author has used PMI’s standards to present the approach for realizing strategic benefits within an organization.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has 16 chapters in total with appendices that contain a case study for a PMO’s role in benefits realization and a sample of the Program Management Professional (PgMP) examination related questions.

Chapters 1-10 describe benefits realization in the context of portfolio, program and project management. Subsequent chapters provide a description of the different phases of the benefits realization cycle. These chapters lay the foundation for specifics contained in the following ones.

Chapters 11-16 focus on organizational change management in the benefits realization and project environment context. Also discussed are PMO’s support role, business case considerations and a practical guide for implementing benefits management. In addition, there are related templates that can be downloaded from the publisher’s website at www.jrosspub.com.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

The book extends the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) program management standard by providing a high level approach for implementing the benefits realization framework within an organization. The book provides actionable steps that are easy to follow and implement.

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About the Reviewer

huma-sohrwardyHuma Sohrwardy, PgMP, PMP, CSM flag-usa

Texas, USA

Huma Sohrwardy is an experienced IT practitioner with 20+ years of experience in the use and management of Information Technology as a means to delivering business goals and objectives. She has extensive experience in the Healthcare IT, Finance, Manufacturing and public sectors and has worked as a consultant for the Australian Federal Government. Huma is the principal consultant with HZ Technologies, LLC (HZT). The company provides Project Portfolio Management solutions to small and medium sized organizations. HZT is a registered vendor with the Texas State and Federal governments. Prior to starting a career in consulting, she led a PMO in Healthcare IT. She is an avid reader and is a PMI Dallas Chapter volunteer member. She runs the Chapter’s Book Review Program and is a founding member of its Book Club. She has been a guest speaker at the Applied Project Management Forum at University of Texas Dallas. Her presentation on “PPM Implementation” can be accessed at the Jindal School of Managementwebsite. Huma can be contacted at: [email protected]

To view other works by Huma Sohrwardy, visit her author showcase page in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/huma-sohrwardy/.

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