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Program Management: A Life Cycle Approach

BOOK REVIEW

a-life-cycle-approachBook Title:  Program Management: A Life Cycle Approach

Author:  Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP (editor)

Publisher:  CRC Press

List Price:   US$79.95

Format:  hard cover; 541 pages

Publication Date:   2013

ISBN: 978-1-4665-1687-8

Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date:              January 2013 

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Introduction to the Book

The need to better understand and realize benefits of Program Management is growing as more companies are required to managing multiple projects with changing business and strategic goals.  This book provides a detailed view on what program management is and shares best practices from experienced and certified program managers.

This book contains 23 chapters, each focused on aspects of Program Management from experts from various countries and industries.  The editor, Dr. Ginger Levin, does a great job of covering the entire program life cycle and details associated with each phase.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 23 chapters:

  1. Achieving Business Advantages through Program Management
  2. Strategic Planning and Program Management
  3. Change Management: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  4. Communication, Complexity Theory, and Programs
  5. Program Initiation
  6. Benefits Management
  7. The Earned Benefits Method for Controlling Program Performance
  8. Demystifying Stakeholder Management: the Science and the Art
  9. Closing the Expectations Gap:  Setting and Managing Expectations
  10. Communication and Its Power at the Program Level
  11. Program Governance:  Towards a Conceptual Communication
  12. Decision Gate Discipline for Programs
  13. Mobilizing the Organization:  The Discipline of Execution
  14. The Program Management Office (PgMO)
  15. Program Management Office:  Role and Challenges
  16. Program Risk Management
  17. Program Management Competencies
  18. Information Structuring Methodology:  Tools and Technologies
  19. The Influence of Consortiums in Developing and Developed Countries
  20. The Increase Importance of Social and Business Media in Program Management
  21. Portfolio, Program, and Project Management as Enablers of Innovation
  22. Organizational Maturity: Managing Programs Better
  23. Sustainability Management

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

  • It combines a great introduction to program management life cycles, best practices and advanced topics for more experienced readers.
  • Multiple experienced and certified Program Managers added lessons learned on their respective focus areas.  The chapters covering each focus area can be read independently or collectively based on the reader’s preferences.
  • The editor comes has more than 35 years of experience from both public and private sectors.  She is a senior consultant and educator in program management and author of several program and project management books.

Highlights: What I liked!

The book is a great source of information covering many aspects of program management.  For those who don’t have a great deal of exposure to Program Management, the book introduces the life cycle and characteristics of a good program manager.  There are supporting charts to illustrate covered topics.  It is a good supplement to the PMI Standard for Program Management for those who are interested in PgMT certification. 

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About the Reviewer

Nazanin-Mehroozflag-usaNazanin Mehrooz, PMP 

Email of reviewer: [email protected]

Born in Iran and migrated to the USA.  I studied software engineering and have worked in both defense and telecom industries.  For the past decade, my focus has been IT Application Support, Operations and Service Delivery Management.  I am an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth PMI chapters.

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].