The book is divided into four main sections:
Introduces and defines project, program and portfolio management, describes typical content and discusses basic first principles. This provides the reader with the basis for further reading and study
Focuses on structure and distinctive characteristics of the project life span. The evolution of models of project management over three decades help the reader to develop a mental image of the complex of processes. This is extended into new territory to incorporate portfolio management with a view to better project selection decision-making.
Explores the uniquely dynamic nature of the project management environment, both internal and external, with advice on how best to manage both. This section deals with the practical realities of a project and so is possibly the most challenging and of most immediate use.
Expands the horizon by taking a look at the merits and options for a program management office and how to get going with portfolio project management. This section also takes a more advanced look at portfolio project selection and how to avoid suboptimal portfolio groupings.
Provides some final thoughts with a focus on success and the future of project management.
Include useful reference lists covering institutional learning, project management applications and a short glossary of the most common project management terms.
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About the Author
Max Wideman is a professional engineer with hands-on experience as corporate executive, project director and project manager. He has seen the project management process from the perspective of owner, developer, engineer, contractor and government agent. As well as design and engineering projects, his experience includes systems, social and environmental projects.
Max is a Fellow, past president and chairman of the Project Management Institute, for whom he developed the 1987 version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. He has lectured or presented papers in eleven countries and has contributed books, chapters, papers and articles on many project management topics. His web site provides a wealth of practical project management advice to practitioners at maxwideman.com