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Mastering Project Portfolio Management

BOOK REVIEW

matering-project-portfolio-managementBook Title:  Mastering Project Portfolio Management

Author:  Michael J. Bible, Susan S. Bivins

Publisher:  J. Ross

List Price:   $89.95

Format:  Hardcover; 341 pages

Publication Date: 2011

ISBN: 9781604270662

Reviewer:      Richard D. Bonaparte

Review Date:              February/2013

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Introduction to the Book

Approaching the subject of Project Portfolio Management (PPM) can be a daunting task.  PPM requires an intentional, well thought out application to the centralization of processes, methods, and technologies, focusing on the strict adherence to the management of projects and the alignment to programs and organizational objectives.

Bible and Bivens bring an interesting perspective to the approach and use of PPM.  By presenting a holistic view for even the simplest of applications, along with some practical tools and an encouraging use of metrics, “Mastering” presents itself as a solid resource to understand and build out a PPM solution.

Overview of Book’s Structure

“Master” is presented in an intentional and formal manner by avoiding any unnecessary information and dividing the book into two distinct sections.  The first focuses on the theoretical aspects and the second focuses on the well-thought-through application of practical knowledge while following a ‘real world’ scenario.

This approach, along with a free eight-month access to Expert Choice, a pre-selected decision support software program, helps to both demonstrate and strengthen the PPM approaches presented.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

“Mastering’ stands out amongst the crowd as a great resource that provides the ‘how to’ in a land of books that long forgot that simple luxury.  It avoids overloading the reader’s senses with conjecture and broad information, while other books propose as the solution for the reader to decipher by themselves.

Highlights: What I liked!

Bible and Bivins get to it right out of the gate in their introductions by doing a good job to kick start the theoretical understanding of each of the phases of PPM and how these real life practices apply in today’s world.  

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Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World Inc and the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute (www.pmidallas.org). Publishers provide books to PM World, books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter where they are given to chapter members who commit to providing a book review in a standard format; the reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  Since PMI Dallas Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, they represent the intended audience for most PM books.  If you are an author or publisher of a book related to program or project management, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].


About the Reviewer

richard-bonaparteflag-usaRichard Bonaparte 

Richard Bonaparte is the former President of R-Logic and founder of ProjectPros, a Project Management and Agile Consulting Group.

As an experienced IT practitioner Richard has over 20 years experience in delivering IT solutions, business process re-engineering and software development for the Mortgage Banking, Commercial/Corporate Banking, Insurance and Financial Services industries.

Richard holds several certifications, including the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), has lead numerous mentoring organizations, spoken at Southern California PMP Bootcamps, and actively consults in the North Dallas area, USA.

Richard can be contacted at: [email protected]