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The Human Change BOK

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Human Change Management Body of Knowledge (HCMBOK), 3rd Edition
Author:  Vicente Goncalves, Carla Campos
Publisher:  CRC Press
List Price:  $59.95
Format:  Hard cover, 204 pages
Publication Date:   2018
ISBN: 978-1-138-57647-6
Reviewer: Danny Boswell
Review Date: December 2018

 



Introduction

Change Management has been acknowledged as an important organizational method, and several books address a multitude of tools to address the concept. It is not a new topic. About 2,500 years ago, the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus stated that nothing is permanent, except change. Once that is accepted, the more important question is what is to be done about it.

Several systems have been created to address change, and there are various change processes, procedures, and best practices. Those can be useful, and result in a plethora of tools and artifacts to be applied or interpreted. Goncalves and Campos created a book that focuses on an often overlooked component – humans.

Overview of Book’s Structure

First and foremost, the book was created for project managers. The first chapter addresses the ever present concept of change, and even references Heraclitus, as many change books do. However, the authors fill in the 2,500 year gap by discussing different generations of change management in business as well as identifying contributions from social science, anthropology, and psychology.

The ensuing chapters are structured much like the PMBOK. The dot(.) format is applied – for example, 3.6.2 defines the Project Organization Chart. Also like the PMBOK, the charts and graphics are simple but effective. The familiarity of style enables project managers to focus on the material without wading through paragraphs of prose wondering how the concept applies to projects – there are chapters on Initiation and Planning, Execution, Implementation, and Closing. Further chapters address communication, conflicts, creativity, and competencies, as well as other topics. These discussions enable a PM to apply the addressed tools where they are most important, to the people.

Highlights

The driving force to the book is that every project, every organization, and every result has one thing in common – people. If a PM is not working with people, the project is already in trouble. All the project tools and reports will not help if the human aspect is not being addressed. The authors discuss the human element for every process and explain the reason behind their suggestions.

To enact the human that is reading their material, the authors include a list of activities after many of the sections. Rather than simply providing a lecture, these specific actions encourage a PM to enforce the message behind the words which can help personalize the message to each individual reader. These activities may include more tools to employ and are a tremendous way to engage one with the material beyond receiving it, but to also understanding it.

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About the Reviewer


Danny Boswell

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Danny Boswell has spent 25 years working within all aspects of IT project delivery – defining the project, securing the funding, designing the solution, coding, testing, deploying, and analyzing the result. Fifteen of those years have been on PM teams or program management. He is currently a cybersecurity program manager. Danny is a member of the Dallas PMI and has a business degree in Finance and an MA in History of Ideas.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Driving Digital

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Driving Digital: The Leader’s Guide to Business Transformation through Technology
Author: Isaac Sacolick
Publisher: AMACOM
List Price: $29.95
Format: 305 pages, hardback
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978-0814438602
Reviewer: Pranab Das, PMP
Review Date: December 2018

 



Introduction

Driving Digital by Isaac Sacolick is a leader’s guide to business transformation through technology. In this book, he shares his experience and best practices about formulating a digital strategy, transforming business and IT practices, aligning operations, promoting Agile methods, driving culture change, tracking the return of investment, strengthening data-driven decision making, expanding data science practices, cultivating strategic technology capabilities and develop innovative digital products faster. This book covers areas of management, e-commerce, entrepreneurship and strategic planning for digital transformation.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The chapters of Driving Digital are organized to walk the reader through the process of rolling out a digital transformation.

  • Chapter 1 The Transformation Imperative

Beginning Transformation—Every Day Is Day One
What is Digital Business?

  • Chapter 2 Agile Transformational Practices

Understanding Agile Practices
Agile Planning Practices
Aligning Software Development Life Cycle to Agile—What is your Minimal Viable Practice?
Release Lifecycle
Transformational Improvements Through Agile

  • Chapter 3 Technical Foundations for Transformation

Introducing the New IT Operations
Agile Operations Defined
Agile Architecture
IT Culture

  • Chapter 4 Agile Portfolio Management

What Is Everyone Working On?
Implementing Portfolio Management
Financial Portfolio Practices
Final Thoughts on Agile Portfolio Management

  • Chapter 5 Transforming to a Data-Driven Organization

To Become Data Driven, Start by Reviewing Our Past Data Sins
The Challenges of Enabling Big Data and Data Science
Transforming to a Big Data Organization
Transforming IT With Data Services
The Agile Data Organization
Summary of Data Governance
Data-Driven Culture Summary

  • Chapter 6 Driving Revenue Through Digital Products

Strategic Planning Digital Revenue Products
Product Strategy in Digital Transformation
From Strategy to Product Planning
From Product Planning to Development
What Digital Leaders Should Do to Enable Product Management

  • Chapter 7 Driving Digital: Smarter and Faster

The Cultural Underpinnings of Digital Organizations
Driving Digital—The Lens of Smarter-Faster

Highlights

I would start reading the chapters in serial order from beginning to end. The major sections of the book are:

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About the Reviewer


Pranab Das, PMP

Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

 Mr. Pranab Das is a seasoned IT professional with experience in various industries providing innovative IT solutions with best practices and positive ROIs. He is a results-oriented technology manager with demonstrated expertise in Cloud, IT infrastructure, project management, agile software development, systems engineering, enterprise architecture, cybersecurity, application development, IT risk management and technical product management. Pranab has a master’s degree in engineering and an MBA. He has obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and various IT project management certifications. He is a member of the Dallas chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Implementing Project Portfolio Management

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Implementing Project Portfolio Management
Author:  Dr. Te Wu & Dr. Panos Chatzipanos
Publisher:  Project Management Institute, Inc.
List Price:   $39.95
Format:  Paperback, 309 pages
Publication Date:  2018
ISBN: 978-1-62825-557-7
Reviewer: Nancy Everett, PMP
Review Date: December 2018

 



Introduction

It is helpful to define the target audiences for this book as it describes the “hows” of portfolio management. Since this is a growing field it is good that an overview is given on selecting the global committee members to tap into their expertise. What a great way to continue sharing the knowledge in this emerging field by establishing a website to share tools, techniques and templates.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is laid out in a good structure that provides high-level understanding of portfolio management and then walks you through the more detailed levels. This allows the reader to dive deep into areas that pertain more with their individual interest, as well as aligning with their organizational maturity in portfolio management.

The list of tables and figures is very helpful to quickly point you to specific information and samples. These can be easily reviewed and provide guidance on how to apply the processes, tools and techniques to your portfolio needs depending on how advanced you and your organization are in portfolio management.

Highlights

Aligning portfolio management with all change initiatives within the organization’s strategy makes senses, but it is sometimes difficult to implement. The guidance provided on principles, processes and practices gave me a best understanding on how to approach alignment within PMO and my organization.

The overview on tracking dependent components in dependency register and using the register to monitor was helpful. We implemented cross-project dependencies at my organization and leverage our PPM tool for tracking them. As Portfolio Manager, I follow up with project managers to ensure they are continuing to follow through on addressing the dependent component.

The look at the current and future trends in the industry is helpful to see how portfolio management is continuing to evolve and grow with emerging technologies, agile and change management.

Highlights: What I liked!

Providing more detailed information on the fundamental principles of Portfolio Management helped me to better understand all aspects. It allowed me to focus on areas that I am currently applying in my role as a Portfolio Manager and learn more on areas that I can introduce to my organization as we mature.

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About the Reviewer


Nancy Everett

North Texas, USA

 

 

Nancy Everett, PMP is currently working at Texas Capital Bank as VP, EPMO Portfolio Manager in Information Technology. Overseeing, monitoring and reporting on programs and projects across the organization. Performing strategic analysis on portfolio and identifying change impacts to clients and employees to improve adoption of change and the client experience. Applying years of experience in consulting, project management, business analysis and IT development to guide our teams to successful execution and delivery of solutions.

She previously worked as a consultant for Microsoft partners implementing Business Intelligence, SharePoint, CRM, ERP and custom development solutions across various industries. She received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Memphis and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. Nancy obtained the Project Management Professional certification in 2005.

Nancy can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Breakthrough Project Portfolio Management

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Breakthrough Project Portfolio Management: Achieving the Next Level of Capability and Optimization
Author:  Murali Kulathumani
Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing
List Price:  $59.95
Format:  Hard cover, 339 pages
Publication Date:   2018
ISBN: 9781604271492
Reviewer: Edward A. Haskin
Review Date: December 2018

 



Introduction

This book provides a new approach to transform your project portfolio by utilizing a new modified earned value management approach (mEVM). The author begins by describing the core tasks of portfolio management, then outlines the new (mEVM) approach, real-life implementation strategies and support systems that play a role in making your portfolio successful. Whether or not you have an existing portfolio or starting from scratch. The book can be used in many scenarios for guidance. The real-life applications and even political considerations are helpful guides for any level of portfolio maturity.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into four parts. Part I covers key components of portfolio management, part II covers the (mEVM) approach, part III covers strategies for real-life implementation and part IV discusses additional support systems a portfolio manager would need for continued success. Each chapter follows a blueprint that is easy to follow and develops a rhythm that outlines the goals, introduces the topic, explains the topic, describes levels of capability maturity and concludes with a review of the learning objectives.

Some chapters will also include additional information on the need for the topic, additional elaboration, and “how-to” sections to develop the building blocks of a certain capability. Each chapter summary provided a quick synopsis of the contents and connected relevant pieces of information.

Highlights

It is obvious that the highlight of the book is the authors explanation of the (mEVM) method of using objective measures to assess and monitor projects within a project portfolio. The authors graphs and illustrations allow the reader to visualize how this would work in their situation. He provides steps to produce not only monthly but multi-year reporting. This forces the reader to think of using this method in the long-term. After the description of (mEVM), the author takes the reader down a carefully thought out path to roll-out such a program.

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About the Reviewer


Edward Haskin

Texas, USA

 

 

 

 Edward Haskin is an executive leader with an extensive and broad background in risk management, compliance and project management. He is also an author, entrepreneur, speaker, grant writer, and knows the value of a good ear hustle.

Edward’s experience and training have given him a unique ability to forge innovative approaches to meet the needs of today’s rapidly changing business environment. He is deeply committed to finding and implementing the tools, processes, and best practices necessary to minimize risk and identify the options that hold the most potential. He strives to give companies the tools and techniques they need to make faster, and less costly decisions so they can move forward efficiently to achieve their objectives.

Edward began his career as a mortgage banking compliance officer and quickly built his expertise to include project management, lean six-sigma, and risk management. He has successfully directed complex projects in government offices and public and private organizations in a variety of complex engagements.

Edward can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Achieve PMP Exam Success

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Achieve PMP Exam Success, 6th Edition
Author:  Diane Altwies, PMP; Diane White, PMP
Publisher:   J. Ross Publishing
List Price:   $79.95
Format:  Softcover 7.5 x 9.25, 526 pages
Publication Date:   2018
ISBN: 978-1-60427-152-2
Reviewer: Ellie Sundstrom
Review Date: December 2018

 



Introduction

Achieve PMP Exam Success is an impressive study guide and very helpful in preparation for the PMP test. It is highly organized and offers great advice and a wealth of practical information for test taking success. The excellent memorization tools, in and of themselves, are worth the price of the book. The assessments or practice tests provide an excellent benchmark and reveal weak areas that need to be strengthened.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book covers study tips for the four-hour PMP exam, important information about the environment, the project manager role, integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resources, communications, risk, procurement, stakeholders and finally appendices. The book is, understandably, highly organized and easy to follow and navigate since it was written by two talented project manager professionals with many years of experience. It offers a wealth of information in preparation for the PMP test.

It is easy to locate a specific area to further focus on because of the index. Despite being 526 pages, it is still an easy read with comfortable to read text and nice margins which are ideal for note taking.

Highlights

The practice test questions were very interesting to read over and evaluate my knowledge in the particular field. Reviewing the information is excellent preparation for the test and I wouldn’t want to take the test without going through the preparation offered in this book. When I was unfamiliar with specific terminology, I only had to refer to the vocabulary appendices in the back.

Highlights: What I liked!

I really liked the Vocabulary Appendices the most because I wanted to assure myself the commonly used terms were well defined and generally understood by all. I found it very educational and well written, direct and easy to understand. The vocabulary word section is a vital part of any area so that proper communication delivers understanding and not misunderstanding.

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About the Reviewer


Ellie Sundstrom

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Ellie Sundstrom is a project manager with years of experience with two successful startup companies in addition to successfully homeschooling her 6 children. She is presently with Fast Signs in Frisco, Texas.

Ellie can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Evolutionary Learning

in Strategy-Project Systems

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Evolutionary Learning in Strategy-Project Systems
Authors:  Paul Gardiner, Adil Eltigani, Terence Williams, Richard Kirkham, Lixiong Ou, Antonio Calabrese, Jonas Soderlund
Publisher:  Project Management Institute, Inc.
List Price:   $34.95
Format:  Paperback, 277 pages
Publication Date:  2018
ISBN: 978-1-62825-484-6
Reviewer:   Sean M. Thomas, PMP
Review Date:  January 2019

 



Introduction

At its core, “Evolutionary Learning in Strategy-Project Systems” is a research study in what makes organizations of all shapes and sizes more effective and more efficient.  The focus becomes sharper when the research indicates that the individuals hold the key to success by means of their contributions toward organizational assets (ex: knowledge base establishment and use) and a concerted focus on serious reflections of results, as well as allusions to the three types of reflective practice.

There is a constant undercurrent of supported theory throughout these co-authored works that “moderately and highly mature organizations follow diverse models of learning with a focus on social interactions as a medium for learning.”  Re-stated simply, the more successful organizations are found to place stronger emphasis on multiple means of acquiring and utilizing their knowledge/organizational assets, whereas organizations of lesser discipline in this area are found to be quite the opposite, being far less effective and efficient in using their knowledge and abilities (human resources largely) to capture, review, learn from, and use results of the same.  This means mistakes are repetitious when unacknowledged.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book begins with a Foreword by Dr. Edward J. Hoffman, Former NASA Chief Knowledge Officer, who explains through experience that the difference between practice and theory can be vast, but relevant.  While knowledge, in and of itself, is not new, the handling, processing, storage, and retrieval of knowledge is very much new, and relatively unexplored.  He explains that Knowledge officers, when brought into an organization, are largely and necessarily of a different background than the organizational mission itself, as well as the resources (human resources for example) it utilizes.  This fact places immediacy on the new knowledge officer to be presented with the mission, the processes, the plans and actions, and the needs/requirements of proper learning and knowledge handling/usage.  Finally, he calls for the strong focus on practice and capability development both, which will make findings such as the ones in this book, altogether relevant for organizations seeking greater excellence.

The books introduction begins be acknowledging the disparity in the Project Management field that there is a definite lack of unity on where project management is and where it’s going.  But “Evolutionary Learning in Strategy-Project Systems” shines a bright light on how organizations might effectively bring order out of Project Management chaos.  It draws on leading theories of top researchers to aid in stemming-the-tide of those chaos-sayers and malcontent-manufacturers.  It’s important, for the sake of perspective, to understand that there is a honest attempt here to re-think project management in terms of combining it with strategic management.  This theory embraces the idea that project management is complex, and therefore new paradigms are inevitable, particularly in systematically fostering learning and capability development.

Next the book delves into briefly explaining and dissecting the lucid works of past researchers such as Deming, Mintzberg and Waters, Leybourne, Almarri and Gardiner, Killen, Juille & Pollack, Laszlo, Giddens, and many more.  All aspects of business complexity, from Quality to Risk, Resources to Knowledge Acquisition, acknowledgment versus acceptance, and all other aspects and contributors to Organizational success, all point to the notion that complexity characterizes all human endeavors today (page 17).

The pilot research focused on issues of learning and value in complex projects (p. 45).  Different stakeholders in different organizations were used to collect the data used in this study, and results in support of the evolutionary learning theory are found at every level in each researched organization.  There are sharp distinctions made to distinguish the correct and incorrect use of technical verbiage, which elucidates the topic for the reader with effectiveness, without belaboring the ideas.  These distinctions afford the reader a definite ability to comprehend the ideas and findings with consistent immediacy.  The results of the study are 15 identified modes of learning that are “active in shaping and honing the strategy-project system for competitive advantage”.

Highlights

An interesting part of this literature is the summary of the main points of five central issues associated with capability building, which are as follows (p. 38):

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About the Reviewer


Sean M. Thomas, PMP

San Antonio, TX, USA

 

 

At present, Sean is the VP of Marketing for the Alamo Chapter of the Project Management Institute, located in San Antonio, Texas.  Sean holds an MBA from University of Texas at San Antonio as well as the PMI credentials PMP and PMI-ACP.  He is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB).  Through his company, he teaches PMP and PMI-ACP Exam Prep Courses all over the world for government and non-government organizations alike, his students boasting the world’s highest PMP and PMI-ACP exam first-time test-taking pass rate of 99.7% (a near 3-sigma standard), for all students who follow the careful course curriculum designed by Sean himself.

Sean helps companies/organizations get their projects back on track and deliver their results on time and on budget, and provides training for those organizations to empower them to achieve the same on future projects, endeavors, and operations.

Sean is an Adjunct Faculty/Professor for Hallmark University in San Antonio, TX, teaching for the Schools of Business and Information Technology, including Project Management, Macro and Micro Economics, Marketing, Resource Management, Entrepreneurism, Mathematics/Statistics, etc.  Sean has ten years experience in the US Army, both in demolitions and Armor (tank commander) having served two combat tours, and becoming badly wounded on his second while leading and protecting his troops.  After being medically retired out of the Army in 2008 at the rank of Captain, he continued his education and practiced consulting work for a wide range of organizations, which he continues to do, and in 2012 he started his own company called Project Vanguards LLC.

Sean can be reached at [email protected] and you can view his LinkedIn account at the web-link below, and his company information can be found at http://ProjectVanguards.com

LinkedIn Page:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-m-thomas-85767913/

He can be contacted via email at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the Alamo PMI Chapter in San Antonio, Texas. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published.   If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Commercial Project Management

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Commercial Project Management: A Guide for Selling and Delivering Professional Services
Author:  Robin Hornby

Publisher:  Routledge
List Price:  $55.00
Format:  Paperback, 250 pages
Publication Date:   2017
ISBN: 978-1138237681
Reviewer: Tanner Trigg, PMP
Review Date: December 2018

 



Introduction

Commercial Project Management dives deep into the concepts and ideas only slightly familiar to project managers across the globe. With the increase in outsourcing and the expectation that it will continue to increase, Hornby is able to share his knowledge from personal experience on how best to handle adding vendors to the equation. The book works us through different tactics and strategies useful in todays world of managing vendors for our projects. It focuses on the project managers view, allowing the perspective to be centered around product delivery and the insuring of a successful project.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The structure of this piece is unique in that Robin Hornby utilizes a plan of action before you begin diving into each chapter. It is discussed at the very beginning with chapter 1, the layout and overview of each chapter so that you have an idea of what you will be covering throughout the course of the book. The structure is as follows:

  • Chapter 1 – A summary of the guide
  • Chapter 2 – Introduction to the business of projects
  • Chapter 3 – Buyer and vendor integration
  • Chapter 4 – Evolution of a vendor lifecycle
  • Chapter 5 – Developing organization responsibilities
  • Chapter 6 – Risk as a guiding principle for management
  • Chapter 7 – Overcoming estimating anxieties
  • Chapter 8 – Solving the quality conundrum
  • Chapter 9 – Managing the resource pool
  • Chapter 10 – Finance matters
  • Chapter 11 – Building a successful services firm
  • Chapter 12 – Toward collaborative procurement of services

The flow of the chapters and sequence in which they come benefits the reader and their progressive learning. Each chapter picks up from the last one and flow directly into a new topic while relating to the ones you previously read. Small breaks in text are filled with visual aids that reinforce the material being read.

Highlights

This book touches a number of different topics that engage the reader and encourages them to apply it to their own similar situations. The content is practical and applicable to what project managers are faced with today in terms of managing their projects and the vendors in which they outsource to.

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About the Reviewer


Tanner Trigg

Texas, USA

 

 

Tanner Trigg, PMP is a seasoned project management professional working in the technology industry, music industry, and business. A member of the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute, he has been a PMP since March of 2018 and the Director of Volunteers for his chapter. Tanner can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

The Four Pillars of Portfolio Management

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Four Pillars of Portfolio Management: Organizational Agility, Strategy, Risk and Resources
Author:  Olivier Lazar
Publisher:  CRC Press / Routledge
List Price: $79.95
Format:  Hardcover, 170 pages
Publication Date: October 2018
ISBN: 9781138601321
Reviewer: Jan Watson, MBA, PMP
Review Date: December 2018

 



Introduction

Olivier Lazar details the four pillars of Portfolio Management as Organizational Agility, Your Organization’s Strategy, Risk, and Resources Demand Planning.  The book begins by describing the differences between Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Throughout the book these differences and interactions with each other are explored. Olivier describes the principles from respected authors and consultants, expands upon those principles by including tools and figures to illustrate the relevant points, and relates real life experiences to demonstrate these principles.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Chapter 2 gives the Context of Portfolio Management including Uncertainty, Ambiguity, Complexity as well as Governance Models

Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6 are the four pillars: Organizational Agility (3), Your Organization’s Strategy (4), Risk (5), and Resource Demand Planning (6).

Chapter 7 discusses the Portfolio roadmap and delivering value aligned with the organization’s strategic vision.

Chapter 8 predicts the evolution of the future state of Portfolio Management including how humans will interact with AI.

Chapter 9 concludes the book with benefits of Portfolio Management and mindsets for success.

The Lexicon at the end defines the terms and key concepts used in the book, which may have been reformulated by Olivier from the definitions by PMI books and other expert materials.

Highlights

Uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity play important roles when developing the strategic vision for the organization (an organization is a group of people, not a company). The organization’s strategic vision should be evaluated throughout the Portfolio Management processes and the organization’s decision-making process.

Portfolio managers need to balance the requirements identified in the strategic vision with risk and resource capabilities.

Highlights: What I liked!

Olivier explains how to use and modify tools and an agility mindset to help the Portfolio manager navigate ever changing organizational, business, stakeholder, competitor, and regulatory changes affecting the success of the Portfolio and organization overall.

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About the Reviewer


Jan Watson, PMP

North Texas, USA

 

 

 

Jan Watson is a Project Management Professional with a Masters of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University. She is a strategically-minded difference maker who improves business results through people, technology, proven LEAN Six Sigma DMAIC process (Design, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) and full project life cycle management utilizing Project Management Institute – PMBOK, Scrum, and Agile methods.  Jan is a passionate senior project manager who blends solid planning, communication, leadership, and organization skills with proven consulting skills to achieve throughput objectives. She is also a successful researcher and strategist focused on leveraging new processes and innovative thinking to champion oversight and monitoring of projects. She can identify areas of opportunity and streamline processes to provide the highest level of service to customers.  Jan can be contacted at [email protected].

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Q&As for the PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Q&As for the PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition
Authors:  Unknown
Publisher:  Project Management Institute
List Price:  $29.95
Format:  Spiral bound, 352 pages
Publication Date:  2017
ISBN: 9781628254617
Reviewer: TJ Semiz
Review Date: November 2018

 



Introduction

I am currently studying for my PMP exam. Therefore, I will not review the book from an existing Certified Project Manager point of view, but from a student perspective that is working on this exam to pass.

In addition to that, in my evaluation, I may not be able to comment on how these questions are relevant to the actual PMP exam question, as I have never taken the test before, but I can provide strong feedback about how this helped me to study for the exam.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • This book (more of Questions and Answers to study PMP exam) organized very well from the beginning. It follows the same index of PMBOK guide ( Sixth Edition)
  • Is there any option to label the sections? Sometimes, it is very hard to go back and forth between questions sections.

Highlights

  • The book is structured to follow the chapters easily which aligns with PMBOK Sixth edition.
  • Answers are very detailed and also refers page numbers in PMBOK Sixt edition for more detailed information.
  • The metal spirals make it easier to navigate between questions and answers.
  • The book size 9 inches by 4 inches makes it easier to carry and gives a sensation of Q&A book.

Highlights: What I liked!

I like the book that it not only provides the answers to the questions but also refers to page and section numbers on PMBOK guide ( Sixth Edition)  to get more information. It is a great method for exam takers to read the section again where they answer the question wrong.

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About the Reviewer


TJ Semiz

Texas, USA

 

 

 

TJ Semiz is a Sr. Consultant for NCR hospitality division. He was part of different divisions in NCR for last eleven years with multiple responsibilities including Support Management, Subject Matter Expert for numerous Point of Sale Deployments, and Project Leader for various POS Database Standardization projects around the globe. TJ holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and Associate degree in Network Administration. Currently, he is attending Tulane University for a master’s degree in IT Management. He is passionate about project management, process improvement, learning & development, and an active member of Toastmasters International.

TJ Semiz can be reached at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

A Compendium of PMO Case Studies – Volume II

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: A Compendium of PMO Case Studies – Volume II: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts
Authors: Dennis L. Bolles and Darrel G. Hubbard
Publisher: PBMconcepts
List Price: $74.95
Format:  Soft cover, 480 pages
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978-0-98584484-4-6
Reviewer:  Masood Said, PMP
Review Date: November 2018

 



Introduction

This book, A Compendium of PMO Case Studies – Volume II. Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts is a collection of 8 case studies related to Project Management Offices (PMOs) in business environment.  This book is the second volume on the same subject written by the same authors. The first Volume ‘A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts’ was published in 2012 and is also related to PMOs in Business Environment.

The book is divided into 5 sections and 16 Chapters. Chapters 1-6 discusses the methodology used in carrying out research for compiling the book. Chapters 7-14 lists 8 case studies of 8 different PMOs in 8 different organizations. (One PMO per chapter).

It is a very informative book in which the authors, Dennis L. Bolles and Darrel G. Hubbard have carried out extensive research and have discussed, in detail, the organizations, framework, functions and other information related to the PMOs that are listed in the book.

The book has a total of 58 figures and 18 tables related to the case studies.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has been divided into 5 Sections and 16 Chapters that are spread over 442 pages:

Section I: Project Business Management Construct, Framework, Model, and Organization.

Chapter 1 – Project Business Management (PBM) Organization
Chapter 2 – Project Business Management – The organization Models and Components

Section II: PBMO Research Methodology and 2015 Research Instrument

Chapter 3 – PBMO Case Study Research Methodology
Chapter 4 – PBMO 2015 Case Study Research Instrument

Section III: PBMO as a Business Functional Organization and PBMO Implementation and Operation

Chapter 5 – Research Results – PBMO as a Business Functional Organization
Chapter 6 – Research Results – PBMO implementation and Operation

Section IV – PMO Case Studies

Chapter 7 – United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) PMO Case Study
Chapter 8 – Ministry of Health Care PMO Case Study
Chapter 9 – Mayo Clinic PMO Case Study
Chapter 10 – Jamaica National Building Society (INBS) PMO Case Study
Chapter 11 – ENTEL (Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones) Case           Study
Chapter 12 – Duke Energy Corporation PMO Case Study
Chapter 13 – DTE Energy Company PMO Case Study
Chapter 14 – The Doe Run Company PMO Case Study

Section 5 – Controlling/Program Performance Monitoring and Controlling

Glossary

Bibliography

About the Authors

Highlights

The book is very useful for any organization who would be interested in setting up a Project Management Office.  The book has discussed 8 different Project Management Offices in detail as case studies. This information is very useful for anyone wanting to setup a Project Management office in different business environments. These case studies give very good information on how to setup and manage Project Management Offices in difference business environments.

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About the Reviewer


Masood Said, PMP

Lahore, Pakistan

 

 

 

Engr. Masood Said, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, BS.C (Mech. Engr.; MS-IT; EMBA-HR Mngt.) is a Mechanical Engineer with over 40 years of Project Management Experience. He has worked in Pakistan and the Middle East on various Oil and Gas projects. He has been a member of PMI since 2002.  Presently he is a trainer for PMP®; PMI-RMP®; PMI-ACP® certification courses. He also advises companies on optimization and improvement in processes.  Based in Lahore, Pakistan, he also travels to Dallas, Texas on a frequent basis.  Email address: [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Project Management Theory and Practice, 3rd Ed

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Project Management Theory and Practice, 3rd Ed.
Author: Gary Richardson and Brad Jackson 
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
List Price:  $99.95
Format: Hardcover, 610 pages
Publication Date: July 2018         
ISBN-13: 9780815360711
Reviewer: Elena Koulich, PMP
Review Date: December 2018

 



Introduction

If a group of seasoned project managers shared all the things they learned over the course of their careers, the amalgamation of their experiences would be this book. It takes a programmatic PMI model of project management and percolates it through the views and experiences of practitioners. The book uses an understandable language to bring often dry concepts to life and casts a broader view on project management vocabulary, models, concepts, and emerging trends.

Overview of Book’s Structure

While each of the seven main sections of the book can be approached independently, the book does have a layered structure with each section delving deeper into project management concepts.

  • Part I. Conceptual overview of the project environment. This part covers foundational topics such as the evolution of project management, industry trends, project life cycle, and project success factors. Nine chapters provide a solid backsplash for the rest of the book.
  • Part II. Foundation processes. This section addresses the key deliverables of a project – scope, cost, schedule, and quality.
  • Part III. Soft skill processes. Here the authors discuss such indispensable themes of project management as stakeholders, communication, human resources, and team management.
  • Part IV. Support processes. Topics of procurement, risk, and integration are covered at length in this part of the book. This part also concludes the coverage of the knowledge processes recognized in the basic model of PMI.
  • Part V. Advanced planning models. This part showcases different approaches to viewing life cycle and introduces such concepts as adaptive models, project simulation, and critical chain model.
  • Part VI. Project executing, monitoring and control. While the materials described in this section are still PMI model-driven – change management, earned value metrics, project closing – the book makes a solid attempt to add a flavor of reality.
  • Part VII. Project environmental support. The final section of the book casts a broader view on the role of the organization, portfolio and enterprise project management, and project governance on a project’s success.
  • Here authors suggest valuable resources on financial metrics, templates and project data repository.

Highlights 

The book aligns exceptionally well with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide and provides a sound foundation of project management topics. At the same time, the authors succeed in bringing these topics closer to real-life projects.

In addition to the classic model, the book brings in a thorough examination of other important areas of project management such as Agile lifecycle, ethics, portfolio, and earned value management, enterprise project management and work breakdown structure.

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Elena Koulich, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

 

 Elena Koulich is a research project manager with over 19 years of industry experience in biotech and clinical research, project management, human biospecimen management, and education. Elena has a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Master’s degree in Integrative Biology and MBA with focus on Data Analysis. She has Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a Director of Operations in the Dallas chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI).  Elena can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Mastering Import & Export Management

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Mastering Import & Export Management, 3rd Ed
Author:  Thomas A. Cook with Kelly Raia
Publisher:  AMACOM (now HarperCollins Leadership)
List Price:  $85.00 Hardcover and $53.99 eBook
Format: Hardcover and eBook, 688 pages
Publication Date: August 2017  
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3820-6
Reviewer: Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, CAPM
Review Date: December 2018

 


 
Introduction

Mastering Import & Export Management, Third Edition, is an expansive, detailed, yet easy-to-read reference covering virtually every topic that one needs to consider when conducting business across the globe.  Increasing globalization of business impacts organizations large and small, commercial and governmental.  Many professionals in purchasing, import/export, project management, specialized transportation, supply chain and logistics, and education will be grateful for the authors’ guidance through the navigation of the many laws, guidelines, contract terms, insurance and risk practices, processes, and old-fashioned, hard-learned experience of import/export traders shared by our authors.

This book also provides the reader with both historical perspective and some geo-political commentary which is important to fully understanding the business of global trade. Most importantly, the Third Edition provides up-to-date information that is relevant to this Post-9/11 world in which we conduct business, and an abundant appendix that permits one to examine actual documents that are required to fully execute the import and export of goods around the world.  While global trade is discussed, much of the specific advice is pointed at US organizations doing business with firms in other countries.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Mastering Import & Export Management, Third Edition is arranged in three broad sections: The Global Supply Chain, Export Operations and Import Operations.  The sections are preceded by a Foreword and Preface and followed by a 418-page appendix and eight-page alphabetical topic index.

Material is arranged as follows:

FOREWORD – by Spencer Ross, Chairman Emeritus, National Institute for World Trade, NY, NY

PREFACE

SECTION ONE: The Global Supply Chain – Eight chapters: Purchasing Management Skill Sets in Foreign Markets  ~ Freight, Logistics, and Specialized Transport ~ Risk Management in International Business ~ Technology in Global Trade ~ Global Personnel Deployment and Structure ~ Developing Resources in the Import/Export Supply Chain Management ~ Foreign Trade Zones, Bonded Warehouses, Free Trade Agreements, and Business with China ~ Essential Overview of Import/Export Compliance and Security Management: Post-9/11.

SECTION TWO: Export Operations – One chapter: Export Management: Incoterms, Documentation, Compliance, Operations, and Export Supply Chain Skill Sets

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About the Reviewer


Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, CAPM
®

North Texas, USA

 

 


Patt Chowdhury
, Managing Principal and Consultant at Patt Chowdhury Advisors LLC, is a marketing executive and cross-functional senior manager with extensive experience in program and project management, marketing operations, product management, process development and information technology at iconic, global Fortune 500 brands in the information technology and travel and transportation industries. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dallas Gupta College of Business where she teaches marketing and management courses in the MBA and MS programs. Patt is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) and a Six Sigma Black Belt. She is a member of the PMI Dallas Chapter where she serves as Director, Lunch and Learn Program Series. She holds an MBA in International Management, a Master of Management (MM) degree in Telecommunications Management, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing and a certificate in Product Management.

Patt can be contacted at [email protected] or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/pattchowdhury

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Breakthrough Project Portfolio Management 3

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Breakthrough Project Portfolio Management:  Achieving the Next Level of Capability and Optimization
Author:  Murali Kulathumani, MBA, CSM
Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing
List Price:  $59.95 MSRP
Format:  Hardcover,
Publication Date:   2018    
ISBN: 978-1-60427-149-2
Reviewer: Justin Tuley
Review Date: October 2018

 



Introduction

The book titled Breakthrough Project Portfolio Management: Achieving the Next Level of Capability and Optimization is focused on providing a roadmap for new and current project portfolio managers who are looking for more objective ways to measure project statuses as well as an opportunity to streamline planning and governance processes.  The book details this goal through practical examples, best practices, and a focus on continual improvement throughout each step in the portfolio management process.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is broken down into 4 parts.

Part I: Key Components of a Portfolio Process (Ch. 1 – Ch. 7)

Chapter 1 focuses on what a highly effective and mature portfolio of projects looks like.

Chapter 2 goes over setting up a process on how to vet and queue projects to be added to the portfolio

Chapter 3 takes the previous chapter and shows what best practices create an effective annual portfolio planning cycle.

Chapter 4 dives into how the portfolio should be funded within the annual cycle.

Chapter 5 goes over the drawbacks of current methods of project performance monitoring.  Focus is on the Red / Yellow / Green status and its limitations and briefly talks about modified Earned Value Management (mEVM)

Chapter 6 The author makes the case for portfolio managers to review their portfolios the same way you would with a financial portfolio. The author lists pitfalls on why managers don’t rebalance their project portfolios like they should.

Chapter 7 focuses on portfolio benefit realization.  This goes into detail regarding the hard and soft benefits associated with a well-run portfolio.

Part 2: mEVM

Chapter 8 is a brief introduction to mEVM and some of the history of how the method came to be.  Picks up where chapter 5 left off and anchors it for the rest of Part 2.

Chapter 9 goes over what the artifacts associated with mEVM should be.  Lots of examples using Excel.  Technical chapter.

Chapter 10 is a deep dive into aggregating mEVM data and includes lots of examples of Excel templates and layouts. Technical chapter.

Chapter 11 is about matching mEVM to strategic goals and ensuring that projects are aligned to those business strategies.

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About the Reviewer


Justin Tuley

North Texas, USA

 

 

 

Justin Tuley has experience in program and project management.  Justin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and a MBA with a focus on project management.  His career includes 2 years in the IT industry and 5 years in the non-profit education sector with IDEA Public Schools.  Justin is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter and obtained his CAPM certification in 2017. Email address: [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

A Holistic Approach to Lessons Learned 3

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: A Holistic Approach to Lessons Learned: How Organizations Can Benefit from Their Own Knowledge      
Author:  Moria Levy
Publisher:  CRC Press – Taylor & Francis Group – Auerbach
List Price: $59.95
Format:  Hardcover, 145 pages
Publication Date: January 2018
ISBN: 978-1-138-56476-3
Reviewer: Manjeeta Sitaula, PMP
Review Date: October 2018

 



Introduction

This book provides invaluable information on incorporating & implementing lessons learned which is often overlooked in many organizations due to various reasons. The author, Moria Levy emphasizes that, for our lessons to yield better operations and improved performance, the knowledge must be transformed into action. Lessons learned must be accessible and embedded in the organization so that it is hard to repeat mistakes.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The content of the book is divided into five parts with various chapters within each part and subheadings within the chapters. The five parts flow seamlessly into the other.

  • Part I starts with the ‘need, importance and types of knowledge/information that can be used as lessons’;
  • Part II discusses the ‘what, who and how to debrief and the debriefing techniques’;
  • Part III elaborates on ‘how to manage the knowledge that has been created’;
  • Part IV focuses on requesting prior knowledge before implementing any new actions;
  • Part V discusses implementation of the life-cycle model of lessons and summarizes debriefing techniques.

Highlights

The first half of the book discusses sources of new knowledge namely debriefing, quality-based processes and experience. Debriefing is described as a natural process, however, in organizations there can be resistance to implement it due to fear of exposing failures/mistakes and possible blame game. The author reviews debriefing techniques such as Action After Review (AAR) and Multi Case Learning (MCL) and also notes that the organization can develop their own processes that yield constructive results by focusing on the future and lessons that can be learned. Quality based processes such as Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), Gemba walks and quality audits help to develop the sources of knowledge and provide recommendations for improvements. Experience is another source of new knowledge which is gained through work or everyday life actions.

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About the Reviewer


Manjeeta Sitaula

Texas, USA

 

 

Manjeeta Sitaula is a Civil Engineer by profession and has been certified as a PMP since 2013.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

 

PMI-PBA Exam Study Guide

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide
Author: Brian Williamson
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price: $69.95
Format: 402 pages, hardcover
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-138-05447-9
Reviewer: Lawrence Reid, PMP, CSM 
Review Date: Oct 2018

 



Introduction

PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide by Brian Williamson is a book to prepare a candidate to successfully pass the PMI-PBA exam the first time. It cannot be used alone. This guide is aligned with other PMI publications including: Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, Requirements Management: A Practice Guide, and the PMI-PBA Examination Outline. This guide also references the Project Management Book of Knowledge.

Who Might Benefit from the Book?

PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide will benefit anyone preparing for the PMI-PBA exam.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The chapters of PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide are organized to walk the reader through the process of a 65-Day Study Plan.

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2 Needs Assessment
  • Chapter 3 Planning
  • Chapter 4 Analysis
  • Chapter 5 Traceability and Monitoring
  • Chapter 6 Evaluation
  • Chapter 7 About PMI and the PMI-PBA Credential
  • Chapter 8 Preparing for the Exam
  • Chapter 9 Ready, Set… Exam Success
  • 200-Question Practice Exam

Highlights

Chapters 2 through 6 start with study hints for that topic, chapter exercises, and conclude with 20 topic specific practice questions. An informative answer key details why each potential answer is correct or not. Chapters 2 through 4 also include memory games to help with retention.

Recommended Steps to Follow

I would start with chapter 7, About PMI and the PMI-PBA Credential. It explains the “Why” of the exam and the eligibility requirements. The preface also recommends reviewing the technique for predicting your overall exam score in Section 8.2.9.1 on page 190 before attempting your first domain quiz.

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About the Reviewer


Lawrence Reid, PMP, CSM

Bedford, Texas

 

 

 Mr. Reid is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) specialist with extensive experience in business analysis, project management, implementation, customization, and integration for companies in the aerospace, financial services, manufacturing, and medical industries. Lawrence has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and has obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certifications. He is a member of the Dallas and the Fort Worth chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Bridging the PM Competency Gap 3

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    Bridging the PM Competency Gap: A Dynamic Approach to Improving Capability and Project Success
Author:  Loredana Abramo, PMP & Rich Maltzman, PMP
Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing
List Price:  $37.95
Format:  294 pages, hardcover
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1604271409
Reviewer: Abdullah Abuzaid, PMP
Review Date: October 2018

 



Introduction

Bridging the PM competency GAP by Abramo & Maltzman is a book to help personnel involved in project management activity to build their competency and fill gaps in project management.  It will help effectively manage projects, communicate with stakeholders and build personal/soft skill; it is a book that complies with the Project Management Book of Knowledge. In addition it presents and elaborates more about approaches to establish a continuous learning environment for advancing PM competency

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book’s structure draws a logical sequence analogy for any new engagement into an activity or project, with below contents:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Problem Statement: In Other Words, The Gap
  • Chapter 2: Wanted: Bespoke Strategic Approach
  • Chapter 3: Know Thy Audience
  • Chapter 4: Options
  • Chapter 5: Planning Your Bridges
  • Chapter 6: Time to Deliver!
  • Chapter 7: Indicators of Success – How Do You Know if Your Bridge Is Built and Working?
  • Chapter 8: The Feedback Loop and Improving the Bridge
  • Chapter 9: Leveraging Expert Judgment Chapter 9 Ready, Set… Exam Success
  • Appendix 1: Select References and Useful Links
  • Appendix 2: A Competency Survey of 250 Project Managers
  • Appendix 3: Details of the 4-D Approach Applied to PM Competency
  • Appendix 4: Case Study: Philips Excellence Project Management

Highlights

The book highlights an important concept in project management – personal success factor (continues learning). As mentioned earlier the book describes a good sequence to overcome a challenge or solve a problem.

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About the Reviewer


Abdullah Abuzaid, PMP

Dallas, Texas

 

 

 

Abdullah Abuzaid, PMP is a Business Development Manager with vast experience in project management, business analyses & business development in telecom world. Abdullah has a Bachelor’s degree in electronics & communication engineering, he has Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and he is a member of the Dallas and the Fort Worth chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI).  He can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

The Audio PMP Exam Prep

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Audio PMP Exam Prep: Conversations on Passing the PMP Exam
Author:  Carl Pritchard and Bruce Falk
Publisher:  CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group
List Price:   $69.95
Format:  Audio Book
Publication Date:  2017
ISBN: ISBN 9781138196087
Reviewer:  Swati Shah
Review Date: September 2018

 



Introduction

The Audio PMP Exam Prep: Conversations on Passing the PMP Exam is an on-the-go audio tool to help candidates prepare for one of the most challenging certification exams pertaining to the Project Management profession. If you are interested in learning about the PMP exam in a fun, engaging, and entertaining way, look no further!

In this audiobook, Project Management Professionals (PMPs) Carl Pritchard and Bruce Falk have used real-life examples, provided entertaining mnemonics and shared numerous resources to help listeners understand and remember key concepts of Project Management.

Overview of Book’s Structure

While preparing for the PMP exam, tasks like reading, understanding, and memorizing the concepts in the PMBOK Guide can be very daunting. This audiobook makes these tasks not only manageable but also enjoyable.

As the name implies, the audio set covers conversation between two skilled professionals on topics covered in PMBOK Guide 6th edition. In the set, there are over two dozen mp3 audio files, approximately 20 minutes each. These include two segments on every knowledge area and cover information about the exam application process as well as tips-and-tricks for completing the 200 questions in the allotted time. Also included are discussions on key success factors such as avoiding overthinking and tips to narrow down available options to quickly find the correct answers.

The audio chapters are very well aligned with the PMBOK guide. The conversations are natural and logical, and they capture all the main concepts in the book.

Highlights

The PMBOK 6th edition has a few material changes relative to the previous editions. In my opinion, Carl and Bruce do a good job of highlighting the new concepts and elaborating the discussion on these topics.

One of the best parts of the audio set is the PMP Part II where they explain the processes using an example of “painting a room”.  This illustrative audio technique makes it very easy to understand the core concepts of Project Management and clarifies the role of Project Managers.

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About the Reviewer


Swati Shah

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Swati Shah currently works as a Project Coordinator at a manufacturing company based in Irving, TX. She was previously an elementary school teacher. Swati secured her CAPM certificate and has applied her teaching skills and experience to successfully transition to a career in Project Management. She aspires to secure her PMP certification soon.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

 

Agilizing the Enterprise

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    Agilizing the Enterprise: Collaborative Leadership, Dynamic Strategy and Organizational Flexibility
Author:  Joseph Raynus
Publisher:  CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
List Price:   $79.95
Format:  Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication Date:   June 2018
ISBN: 13:978-1-138-19797-8
Reviewer: Arthur L Jones
Review Date:   Sep 2018

 



Introduction

As an executive, imagine losing your rising leaders and innovators, they walk out.   In story, Joe describes agility and dynamic strategy as a competitive edge required in today’s business environment to a former student, a rising star about to walk away from a business that does not engage him.  This book encourages executives to utilize their organizations in dialog and recognize people as sources of knowledge and analytical skills.  Without saying it, the book infers good people will checkout or leave if they are not engaged.

Written for the entrepreneur, executive, Author, Joseph Raynus, uses a story to present these concepts through a disenchanted rising start with his business’ annual strategy and planning retreats that ignore his insight and experience.  He arrives to engage then reduced to audience receiving decisions.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Narrative and story present agile and dynamic strategy.   In story form, a professor meets Bill by chance in an airport, as Bill returns home from another annual strategy meeting. Dissatisfied with his company’s perfunctory annual ceremony that fails to improve the business, the professor begins a mentor relationship. As a rising talent, the professor describes what an aware company can do to engage Bill while addressing business challenges directly and effectively.

In early chapters, concise well paced narratives inform the reader of dynamic strategy and agile flexibility in a VUCA environment (VUCA, (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous).  The narration illustrates through historic events, some concepts, and recent corporate successes and failures.

The author offer a personal transition story, with some emotion, in a series of conversations as professor Joe mentors a former student 10 years after graduation through a decision to leave his present company and find a more vibrant organization.  Joe describes what an effective agile company does to thrive in this time of change.

Highlights

Jose Raynus aptly points out our current markets and economics with VUCA and how staff recognizes some salient problems may go neglected, ignored, undetected by some leadership.   This drives Bill’s and his professor’s conversation from airport to coffee to dinner to Antwerp.

The conversations’ journey through historical examples, today’s chaotic times, change management, strategic leadership, holacratic systems, innovation hubs, and breaking rules.  The book’s two characters celebrate the conclusion in Antwerp, with Professeor Joe drawing the book’s only drawing on a napkin in the final chapter.

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About the Reviewer


Art Jones

San Antonio, Texas, USA

 

 

Art Jones delivers results through others. He establishes approaches and strategy, leads efforts through completion, and realigns derailed projects.  Agile describes a lifelong practice and mindset in his work delivering applications, infrastructure, and process change.  Proven, with deliveries in retail, technology, financial, utility, and academic business environments.   With a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, Art developed project management and strategic planning during recession times in fast-passed entrepreneurial and corporate assignments.  His most valued learning came through relationships, people, and community.

Art sees possibilities for new business and town partnerships to develop profit with talent.  Excitement intrigues him and his colleagues with today’s change and uncertainty in business from the store front to the supporting manufacturer, farmer, and service provider.   How will business balance interdependence?  This question has Art’s attention.   Art’s a member of PMI, practicing success in San Antonio, Texas.

Art can be contacted at Artj[email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the Alamo PMI Chapter in San Antonio, Texas. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published.   If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

A Holistic Approach to Lessons Learned

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: A Holistic Approach to Lessons Learned: How Organizations Can Benefit from Their Own Knowledge   
Author: Moria Levy
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price:   $59.95
Format: Hardback, 145 pages
Publication Date:   Jan 2018
ISBN: 978-1-138-56476-3
Reviewer: Barbara L LaDue
Review Date: August 2018

 



Introduction

I chose this book because Lessons Learned is a subject vital to every company and yet frequently is treated as an after-thought.  As individuals, we know that we should learn from particularly difficult situations or extremely positive events.  However, we frequently pass up the opportunity to improve or capitalize on our current situation until we are forced by circumstances to resolve an issue.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Ms. Levy approached the subject of Lessons Learned in a broad encompassing manner.  She started by defining the need and challenge of incorporating Lessons Learned.

Ms. Levy proceeded with outlining the creation, development, and management of lessons learned.  She followed then by moving into the implementation and good practices of management for these lessons learned.

Highlights

As Ms. Levy explained various points, she had examples that clearly connected.  For example, things that apply to individuals in their personal lives can help demonstrate how we need to approach applying these lessons to other areas of business, dealing with others in volunteer work, and to other areas of personal life.

There are lessons, in life and in business, that apply across all manner of personnel.  No one individual or group has a corner on the market for the need to learn to do the job better and each of us can learn from others.  What one person learns can directly impact someone’s ability to learn or function in another area.  For example, a salesman anticipates meeting customer needs and a software developer desires to meet customer needs.  The salesman and developer will both approach their tasks differently but they share the experiences of dealing with the customer.  Ms. Levy explains not only the challenges but also how to approach developing a knowledgebase that can facilitate exactly that.

Ms. Levy included a section on approaching cultural change to implement Lessons Learned.  She shared how many times implementation to change is a hurdle since people are resistant to change.  Her book lays out steps to initiate the change, guide personnel through the changes, and turn the process into a positive situation.  Ms. Levy then moved into the various stakeholders needed and described what their tasks would be in order to help generate a successful implementation.

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About the Reviewer


Barbara LaDue, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Barbara LaDue, PMP is currently employed as a Systems Analyst with Inserso, Corp., working to support the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC) in San Antonio, Texas.  Before starting with Inserso, Ms. LaDue had been a Director with an educational non-profit 501(c)3 in San Antonio, Texas for several years. During this time, she saw the need to become a certified PMP. Ms. LaDue is an active member of the Alamo Chapter of PMI.

 

Editor’s note:  Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the Alamo PMI Chapter in San Antonio, Texas. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published.   If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

 

Investment-Centric Project Management

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    Investment-Centric Project Management: Advanced Strategies for Developing and Executing Successful Capital Projects
Author: Steven James Keays, MSc, P.Eng
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing.
List Price: $69.95
Format: Hardcover, 439 pages
Publication Date: Aug 2017
ISBN: 978-1-60427-142-3
Reviewer: Mark J. Loiselle
Review Date: Sept 2018

 



Introduction

After 30 years in project management covering aerospace, defense, industrial, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors, the author began to notice a difference in the anticipated results promised by formal Project Management principles, and the actual repeated occurrences of budget and schedule failures. In fact, the author states, 65% of $500M+ projects fail, despite following the best guidance of Project Management techniques and methods. There is more to project management than plans, processes and procedures, and the author sets out to shift the definition of project management from “a temporary endeavor to create a unique process, product or service” into a more tangible definition where “the true purpose of a project is to realize an asset that maximizes returns to its shareholders over its economic life”. This new definition is at the core of this book and is called investment-centric project management.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is presented in 6 parts; Why, Where, How, Who, When & What, followed by an extensive appendix.

The author explains in this fundamental format how he envisions successful project management, and some of the shortcomings of the long established TPM (Traditional Project Management) approach, and his idea on a new methodology, this one focusing on the end product, with the outcome being the PPA (Profitably Performing Asset). The formal project is not completed after the product is put into service or when the last signoff is obtained or the last ‘lessons learned’ meeting is held; instead the project continues until the product actually starts to deliver a sustainable return on investment to shareholders.

In Part 1 (Why) he addresses the reasons for redefining the practice of project management, with its limited successes and many failures. Using TPM as a baseline, he outlines his fundamental principles of project management as a corporate endeavor that is executed using 3 axis: organization, business and relationship. He introduces the concept of valunomy as the metric from which economic decisions are made. Valunomy is defined as achieving the highest sustained profitability over an assets economic life.Theoretical foundations of project management are explored along with the corresponding actualization of project budgets and schedules, which often are not in alignment.

Part 2 (Where) concentrates on project management practices that still matter to the outcome of a project. The author introduces the notion of the Project Ecosystem (PECO) PECO comprises 7 layers that must be traversed from the outside in, including all sources of risk external to the project. The project framework is introduced as the overseer of project managerment and the PECO.

Part 3 (How) explores sequencing of the project, its strategies and oversight, focused on management planning, orchestration and execution. All aspects of the project are considered, particularly the area of risk management. The author stresses the importance of the project framework, and how the various parts, pieces and personalities must work together toward a common goal.

Part 4 (Who) talks of team formation, personnel, recruitment strategies, and the demands on labor the project will entail. Getting teams to work toward the same goal is not always an easy task; personalities collide, egos get bruised. The team must work together despite their differences to achieve the desired outcomes.

Part 5 (When) discusses various elements of routine project execution integrating all tracking information and exploring communication strategies. Also discussed is what happens to these same concepts when your project goes completely off the rails, how to recognize risk and avoid it; or adapt when you can’t avoid it.

Part 6 (What) highlights project management practices from the trenches of day to day project execution. The author’s description of Mechanics and Mechanisms compares the tools and techniques available on the market to the tools and techniques available to each member of the team from their minds and their experiences.

Highlights

The author provides explanation and evidence of why the traditional project management approach has not been as effective as advertised, particularly on larger projects ($100M+). Even though you adhere diligently to the rigid plans, strategies and procedures of TPM, most projects fail to come in on budget and on schedule. Many would say this is because of a failure to implement the accepted principles of project management, but that is too easy an answer. The author provides 4 steps the reader must take to move from the TPM methodology. Acknowledge that TPM processes and procedures are valid, solid and understood broadly, admit to the imperfections of TPM, challenge the status quo, and accept a new two-part management paradigm. The first 3 steps are pretty basic. The 4th challenges us to think in a new direction, with a new end focus.

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About the Reviewer


Mark J. Loiselle

Texas, USA

 

 

Mark Loiselle has over twenty years of construction experience and is a certified Project Management Professional.  Prior to joining the City of San Antonio as a Capital Projects Officer in 2011, he had worked as Project Manager for several companies including LGI Homes, Lord and Taylor Department Stores, and Barry Better Menswear. Since joining the San Antonio Public Library system, he has been assisting in capital projects and facilities management, including the opening of 3 Branch Libraries and numerous renovation projects at our 30 locations. Mr. Loiselle earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Lawrence Tech University and his Master’s Degree, with honors, in Management from Walsh College.

Mark can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Editor’s note:  Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the Alamo PMI Chapter in San Antonio, Texas. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published.   If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].