Program Management Complexity: A Competency Model


program-management-complexityBook Title:  Program Management Complexity: A Competency Model

Author:  Ginger Levin, PMP, PgMP

J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP

Publisher:  CRC Press

List Price:   US$

Format:  hard cover, 203 pages

Publication Date:   2011

ISBN: 9780814408759

Reviewer:      Jan Watson

Review Date:              November 2012

Introduction to the Book

This book addresses the interdependency complexities of multiple projects in a program.

The competency model includes a set of competencies program managers need to successfully complete programs and deliver desired benefits.

  • How can a program manager identif the nature and components of complexity?
  • What are the key competencies required of the program manager for success?

The book includes 3 assessment instruments designed for each of these audiences:

–      experienced program managers

–      people considering program management as a career

–      organizations wanting to evaluate the skills of their program managers.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized into 4 parts.

It begins with a literature review of program and project management complexity, highlighting key principles and gaps.

The second part presents an overview of competency model for program managers. It is divided into performance competencies and personal competencies. The performance competencies are organized according to the six domains of program management. The eight personal competencies are based on research plus a survey by Program Management Professionals (PgMP).

Following the competency model are three assessment instruments with questions to that help current program managers, organizations, and those considering program management assess the competencies.


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About the Reviewer

jan-watsonflag-usaJan Watson

Jan Watson, PMP, reviewed this book. She is a project manager for Research Now, an online market research global company.  Contact at [email protected]

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