Fundamentals of Program Management


fundamentals-of-program-managementBook Title:  Fundamentals of Program Management

Author:  Motoh Shimizu, Dr. Eng, PMP

Publisher:  Project Management Institute

Format:  Soft cover; 201 pages

List Price: $27.95

Publication Date:   2012

ISBN: 978-1-9355589-63-1

Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date:              April 2013 


Introduction to the Book

Most program management practices are focused on IT solutions, construction and space industries.  Historically there hasn’t been sufficient attention on providing business or strategic management.  This book focuses on how to capture business value and integrate it into the program management approach.  The concept of bootstrapping (accomplishing a task without external help) is the focus of this book.  Building strategic program which are centered on business innovation is the key which propels exceptional program implementation.  The overall goal of execution any program should be on realized value.  This book also covers this topic.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 5 chapters:

  1. Programs and Business Management
  2. Program Implementation Management Processes
  3. Strategy Management and Risk Management
  4. Value Assessment
  5. Project Organization and Project Management Competency

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

  • Relationship between strategy and programs management
  • Program management bootstrapping
  • How to deal with complexities of systems and cope with them
  • Program management knowledge areas which are related to topics in this book

Highlights: What I liked!

Managing complexities associated with global production and localized solution is a challenging task.  Managing business value and strategic needs is a challenge for most companies.  What I liked most about this book is the understanding of bootstrapping program management and how to conceptually manage the complexity most organizations are dealing with. 


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About the Reviewer

Nazanin-Mehroozflag-usaNazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Nazanin Mehrooz studied software engineering and have worked in many industries (including defense, telecom).  Most recently, her focus area has been on IT operations, project and program management.  She is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth, Texas PMI chapters. Email: [email protected]

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