Practitioner’s Guide to Program Management



Book Title:    The Practitioner’s Guide to Program Management
Author:  Irene Didinsky, MBA, PMP
Publisher:  PMI
List Price:  $39.95
Format: Softcover, 235 Pages
Publication Date:   2017
ISBN: 978-1-62825-368-9
Reviewer: David Kressin PMP
Review Date: June 2018



I can say from experience that most people do not really understand what Program Management is, nor what Program Managers do.  I took a survey at my place of work the other day and was surprise at how little people understood what Program management was about.  If nothing else, you need to read this book to solidify what Program Management is and how it helps a company.  But, that is only chapter 1.

Every program Manager, Potential Program Manager or just Mid-Level Manager will take away much more than the time it takes to read this book.  Didinsky eliminates years of trial and error give us a path to success.  I have already applied several of the formulas and tools provided in this book to my current project.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book very much structured like a text book, with the concepts and definitions at the start, the Program Management life-cycle, processes, tools and formulas in the middle and future planning and summarization at the end.  Any teacher could pick this book up and use it as a basis for a Program Management class.  The book is that well-structured and that complete.

Most books you read, each chapter is similar in size and provides one key message.  Didinsky does stay with strong messages with each chapter but spends the time where it is needed.  Chapter 7 is only a few pages where chapter 8 is 4 times the size of chapter 7.  Actually, I really like this.  Give me the information and detail where it makes sense and is needed.

Because there is so much work behind project management (Training Classes, Books, Our own Experiences, etc.) every manager project or not understands and can anchor to these concepts.  Didinsky use this base in Project Management to drive home the major points behind Program Management.  She does this by providing relevant comparisons throughout the book.


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About the Reviewer

David Kressin

Texas, USA



David Kressin, PMP
is a senior program manager in the retail and wholesale logistics industry specializing in improving warehouse strategic and tactical operations, labor and systems efficiencies. He has worked for over 35 years managing resource efficiency improvements and logistics, transportation, warehouse management software implementations in the retail and wholesale warehousing environments.  David’s concentration is in the high volume grocery, food and drug industries.  He has successfully planned, implemented, and managed several strategic projects to improve warehouse and logistics efficiencies around the world.  For the past 20 years he has been working as an independent consultant. David Kressin can be contacted at [email protected]


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