Program Management for Improved Business Results


pmwj34-May2015-McCrain-BOOKBook Title:   Program Management for Improved Business Results
Authors: Russ J. Martinelli; James M. Waddell; Tim J. Rahschulte
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
List Price:   $65.00
Format: Hardback
Publication Date:   2014    
ISBN: 978-1-118-62792
Reviewer:     Kathy McCrain, PMP, CMA
Review Date: April 2015



Program Management for Improved Business Results is centered around getting the most out of programs. This is based on the “how” program management is practiced. The authors draw from their own personal experiences in helping real companies create or strengthen their existing programs.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has five parts, with additional case studies in the appendices. All chapters include examples and tables to drive the key points home.

The definition of program management aligning to the business strategy is included in Part 1. Part 2 focused on delivering and managing the program. Program practices, metrics and tools are in Part 3. Part 4 goes into specifics on the job and function of the program manager. Finally, in Part 5, organizational consideration regarding the program management office is discussed.

The book flows sequentially in a logical fashion, but the parts could be read on their own. That could be done to provide information in a quick fashion for a focused topic.


The first section of the book elaborates on the definitions and distinctions between projects, programs and portfolio management. Emphasizes the interrelation between projects, not just that “related” projects are key to program management. The main theme begins in the second chapter on realizing business benefits. It is stated this is the primary purpose of program-oriented organizations. Having said that though, the authors do not advocate that all companies should be program oriented.


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About the Reviewer


pmwj34-May2015-McCrain-PHOTOKathy McCrain

Texas, USA



Kathy McCrain
is a senior financial manager for British Telecom North America, supporting telecom outsource new business bids. She has extensive management reporting, financial systems implementation and commercial finance experience. Her career has been in IT outsourcing at Electronic Data Systems/Hewlett Packard, Sabre, and British Telecom. She has an MBA in Finance from the University of North Texas and holds a Project Management Professional and Certified Management Accountant certification. Kathy is active in the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute and the Institute of Management Accountants. She lives in Frisco, Texas, USA.



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