Program Management

Program Management

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Program management (PgM) is fast developing as the essential link between strategy and projects and as a vehicle for organizational change. It offers the means to manage groups of projects with a common business purpose in an integrated and effective way. Based on practical applications of PgM in different countries, as well as the leading standards, Program Management reflects the most recent developments in the area. It offers an understanding of program management's connection to business strategy and value realisation, beyond multiple-project management. Additionally it emphasizes the need for program specific processes, based on an iterative life cycle and the management of multiple stakeholders and their expected benefits. The book is grounded in a robust theoretical framework, complemented by a number of case studies. It analyzes the best organizational structures for program management and provides tools and techniques to deal with complex, unplanned change in a structured manner. It also develops knowledge of particular techniques required for managing programs as well as the competencies and skills required from program managers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 11.94mm | 431g
  • Gower Publishing Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Includes 45 b&w illustrations
  • 0566088827
  • 9780566088827
  • 342,610

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Part 1 The Program Context: Background and definitions; Organizational context; Maturity and culture. Part 2 The Program Components: Key program components; Program actors. Part 3 The Program Life Cycle: Program life cycle outline; Formulation; Organization; Deployment; Appraisal; Dissolution. Conclusions; Additional reading; References; Index.
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Review quote

'I would recommend that program managers who want a simple and useful guide to get hold of a copy of the book and keep it handy. Organizations should place a copy of the book in their library along with books on strategy and strategy implementation. For academics teaching a course in program management it would be a good as a textbook or as a reference book from which relevant readings can be suggested to students.' Associate Professor Shankar Sankaran University of Technology, Sydney for PPPM eJournal 'The highlight of the whole book is how it deals with and explains programme governance. What makes this theme throughout the book so refreshing is that it clearly places governance in the context of organisational strategy rather than the normal command and control model that is often assumed to be good governance. In summary, Program Management is a thought-provoking book - it forces the reader to consider programme management as a discipline in its own right.' Reviewed by Ed Burney-Cumming (Project and Programme Delivery Director for Instigate Solutions Ltd) in Project Magazine 'I consult and teach in this area and welcome this book as a very useful contribution on the topic - It is certainly the best book I have read on the specific subject of Program Management, and represents considerable research, reflections on experience and new thinking on a current prominent subject.' Harold Ainsworth on Amazon.com
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About Michel Thiry

Michel Thiry is founder and managing partner of Valense Ltd, an international consultancy and Education Network and PMI Global Registered Education Provider (REP). He has over 35 years worldwide professional experience, has worked in many cultural environments, and is recognized as a worldwide authority in strategic applications of project, program and value. For the last 15 years, Michel has provided his expertise to major organizations, in various fields, including construction, financial, pharmaceutical, IT and IS, telecom, water treatment, transportation (air and rail), local government and others. He is a regular Keynote Speaker for major International events and has written and lectured widely in International forums, both at the Academic and Practice levels. In addition to his book "Value Management Practice", published by the PMI, he has written a number of chapters in prominent PM books like the Gower "Handbook of project management" and the "Wiley Guide to Managing Projects". Michel has an MSc in Organizational Behaviour with the School of Management and Organizational Behaviour at the University of London and is currently pursuing a PhD at Middlesex University. In 2006 he was elected PMI Fellow for his continued contribution to project management and in 2007 he was nominated Fellow of the Association for Project Management. In 2008, he was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the Canadian Society of Value Analysis.
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