Program Management for Improved Business Results



pmwj36-Jul2015-Jantrania-BOOKBook Title:   Program Management for Improved Business Results, 2nd Edition
Author: Russell J. Martinelli, James M. Wadell, Tim J. Rahschulte
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
List Price:   $65.00           
Format: Hard Cover, 408 pages
Publication Date: July 2014        
ISBN: 978-1-118-62792-1
Reviewer:     Ash Jantrania, PMP, CSM, Six Sigma Green Belt
Review Date:  June 2015



The key theme of the book is to understand the foundational concepts of Program Management and how these can be applied to extract maximum Business benefits in an organization. The book also explains the benchmarks and best practices that help program manager become more productive and effective.

Program management helps an organization derive business benefits by delivering business value and business results. Program management provides value by acting as the organizational glue to align execution and strategy. The new capabilities created by Program management produce tangible enhanced business results.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The Book is divided into Six Parts.

  • Part I explains the Program Management fundamentals and its strategic purpose.
  • Part II details ways to manage a program from its inception to closing and explains how best to navigate programs to reap business benefits.
  • Part III gives a thorough understanding of the common practices, metrics and tools available for use by a Program Manager.
  • Part IV focuses on primary roles and responsibilities of a Program Manager as well as the core competencies and skills that a Program Manger requires to effectively manage programs for enhanced business results.
  • Part V gives an idea of means to transition to program management in an enterprise and how PMO can serve as both a business function as well as operational support body for program management activities.
  • Part VI consists of comprehensive case studies to demonstrate how program management can be applied in practice.


A full-fledged Program management discipline when correctly applied in an organization results in translation of organizational initiatives and strategic goals into positive business benefits.

In order for Program management to reap business benefits, the entire organization needs to be involved. When we say entire organization we mean senior company management, middle level management, program manager, project manager and all other program and project stakeholders. The authors have suggested tools and techniques for a superior performance by a Program manager.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj36-Jul2015-Jantrania-PHOTOAsh Jantrania

North Texas, USA



Ash Jantrania, PMP, CSM, Six Sigma Green Belt
is a seasoned Project Manager based in the Dallas Fort Worth area of north Texas, USA. He has extensive Project Management and Business / Systems analysis experience in Telecom, Transport, Mortgage Banking, Health, E-Commerce, Retail & Non Profit organizations. Ash holds PMP, Scrum Master and Six Sigma certifications and has comprehensive knowledge of project management in both Waterfall and Agile/Scrum methodologies. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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