The Handbook of Program Management: How to Facilitate Project Succss with Optimal Program Managment [NOOK Book]

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As a program manager, you are first and foremost a leader--one who must create, manage, and continually improve a culture that ensures the success of your project managers. Establishing and maintaining processes that greatly reduce the chances of project failure is paramount to achieving the competitive edge your company seeks.

The Handbook of Program Management gives program managers at all levels the techniques to put such processes in place as well as consistently integrate ...

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The Handbook of Program Management: How to Facilitate Project Succss with Optimal Program Managment

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Overview

As a program manager, you are first and foremost a leader--one who must create, manage, and continually improve a culture that ensures the success of your project managers. Establishing and maintaining processes that greatly reduce the chances of project failure is paramount to achieving the competitive edge your company seeks.

The Handbook of Program Management gives program managers at all levels the techniques to put such processes in place as well as consistently integrate new technology and new people into these processes, thus producing superior products and services. Dr. James Brown, an internationally recognized authority in program and project management, explains how to strike a crucial balance between operations and project implementations-the precise point where you must nurture repeatable success.

Outlining the differences between the roles of program and project managers, Dr. Brown provides proven principles for establishing a successful program management culture that is supported by enthusiastic personnel and stakeholders. He shows you how to develop the attributes of an effective program manager, from having a vision and strategy for long-term improvement to assessing people and building relationships to analyzing a myriad of means for accomplishing program objectives. You'll see how to

  • Readily adapt to changing business conditions and turn chaos into clarity
  • Mentor and coach project managers in terms of stakeholder management
  • Make strategic program process decisions that positively impact your culture
  • Build strong teams on multiple levels
  • Plan an effective program execution
  • Manage risk in an environment of uncertainty

You'll also learn the keys to proper portfolio management and how to capitalize on positive program outcomes. Nowhere else will you find such comprehensive, authoritative information on meeting the new standards of program management--Dr. Brown's The Handbook of Project Management is the definitive resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071595490
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 777 KB

Meet the Author

James T. Brown, PhD, PE, PMP, is the President and CEO of SEBA® Solutions, Inc. Personnel from companies such as American Express, Siemens, IBM, PepsiCo, and FedEx have attended Dr. Brown’s training classes. Dr. Brown has 16 years of experience with NASA, including hands-on experience as a project manager and an executive-level leader. He has received numerous awards for his project management contributions, including the NASA Public Service Medal and Engineer of the Year from the Cape Canaveral Technical Society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter One: Chaos to Clarity

Chapter Two: Attributes of the Effective Program Manager

Chapter Three: Stakeholder Management

Chapter Four: Program Process Strategy

Chapter Five: Program Execution Processes

Chapter Six: Team Building at the Program Level

Chapter Seven: Program Communication Processes

Chapter Eight: Program Risk Management

Chapter Nine: Portfolio Management Essentials

Chapter Ten: Positive Program Outcomes

Index

About the Author

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Highly Recommend - you must check it out!!

    The Handbook of Program Management by Dr. James T. Brown provides a pragmatic approach to strategies and techniques to assist program and project managers in integrating portfolio, program, projects, and people into organizational life.

    Dr. Brown's book can quickly reveal or prevent the early warning signs of program or project distress: signs such as nonexistent links between project goals and organizational objectives; ambiguous senior management and ownership direction; or vague communication and collaboration between teams and stakeholders.

    The Handbook of Program Management will be the book to revisit throughout my career.

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  • Posted January 14, 2009

    A Program Management "Handbook" worth reading - for PROJECT managers.

    When a Project (or in this case, Program) Management book gets to me, it has dog-eared corners, drawings, notes, and yellow highlighter marker all over it.<BR/><BR/>And this book is one of those that has a whole mess of bent corners, drawings (one of which I actually will share with you), and it caused the demise of my trusty yellow marker. May it rest in peace.<BR/><BR/>Dr. James T. Brown has written the book to which I refer, "The Handbook of Program Management". As you can tell, I like the book. It read very well (unlike my stereotype of a handbook - which is a choppy, reference guide) and was full of "gems" from real example projects and programs. The other word is "Program". While it's of course true that the book focuses on Program Management, my issue is that it is an excellent book for Project Managers, as well. This is covered in the subtitle, "How to facilitate project success with optimal program management". I know it's long, but perhaps that - or some shorter version of it, like "Project Success through Optimal Program Management" - should have been the title! I guess I just don't want to see Project Managers miss out on the good things in this book.<BR/><BR/>I really liked the way in which Dr. Brown distinguished project and program management. For example, there is this:<BR/><BR/>Typically, the project manager is and should be more delivery and execution focused whereas the program manager has to also be concerned with the overall health and effectiveness of the program over the long term.<BR/><BR/>When he talked about the way that program manager and project manager view the projects they oversee, it actually inspired me to create a figure for the book:<BR/><BR/>Program managers see the projects in their context, where as project mangers may not necessarily see this - they instead see each as an independent entity. In fact, I personally think the more effective, enterprise-oriented project managers do take on this program view. Which is why I think this is an important book for project managers, not just program managers.<BR/><BR/>I found myself often shaking my head (vertically in agreement, that is) as I read the book. In particular, his guidelines on p"Presentation Basics" is a great read not just for program managers, but for ANYONE who has to make a presentation.<BR/><BR/>One other example of violent agreement: the section on Identifying Stakeholders. I have already blogged about this and will undoubtedly blog about it again. But Dr. Brown eloquently put into words how important this is but how to do it with these guidelines to fully identify stakeholders (Due to limited space, I put in only the first bullet):<BR/><BR/> * Follow the money! Whoever is paying is definitely a stakeholder. Also, if the program produces savings or additional costs for an organization then the organization is also a stakeholder<BR/>The sections of Dr. Brown's books which cover Risk, Execution, Communication, and Team Building are extremely well -assembled and illustrated with "tips", "keystones", and actual snippets of program and project best-practice documents. Many of these are gems and are the cause of the folded-over corners and the death of my highlighter. Importantly, they are a great read not only for Program managers, but for Project Managers as well.<BR/><BR/>This review is from http://scopecrepe.blogspot.com.<BR/><BR/>Authors contact exclaim@verizon.net if you want your PM or business book reviewed.

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