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

James T. Brown
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Book Description

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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Testimonials about The Handbook of Program Management

"Brown's book captures the essential skills of program and project management. It serves as a "how to" guide for those entering the business, as well as a refresher on the skills and attributes for those ready to take the next step. The book effectively defines the leader's role in creating the team culture and environment for success". - Eugene F. Kranz, Apollo 13 Flight Director, Retired Director NASA Space Operations, Author of Failure is not an Option

"Program management is one of the toughest jobs a person can hold ... and James Brown knows Program Management. Here's a chance to learn from the scar tissue of others rather than your own." - Norman R. Augustine, Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation

"Finally, a pragmatic book that shares the secrets behind successful program management. If I was giving one book to program managers this would be it! Any business leader in today's environment of accelerating change will benefit from this book." - Jack Cooper, Former CIO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

I found Dr. Brown's book to be an excellent treatise on the challenges of program management, and, a very good tutorial on leadership principles to assist Program Managers. - General Lester L. Lyles, Former Commander of Air Force Materiel Command


Product Details

  • File Size: 724 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015Z7VBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Everything in the book aligns with my personal experience, so I have high confidence in the origin of the examples and advice. This book is full of practical and useful advice for Program Managers as well as Project Managers. I think I will read it again so that the nuggets of wisdom become more entrenched in my memory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plain common sense November 24, 2010
By GC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Disappointing book based only on soft skills type of common sense. If you are looking for good tricks and practical, pragmatic advice... . Good for young managers looking for an intro. A must read to master the soft skills... But empty on the hard ones. Time to read it through on kindle ( if you have already had an intro to project mgmt): 15 mintues. I should have bought it on paper, at least I could resell it now...
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More About the Author

James T. Brown Ph.D., president of SEBA® Solutions Inc., a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute, has provided training and consulting services for dozens of companies nationally and internationally. He has sixteen years of NASA experience that includes "hands on" experience as a team member, project manager and serving in executive level organizational leadership roles.

James is the author of The Handbook of Program Management published by McGraw-Hill. He has been published in PMI Community Post, PM Network, PE Magazine, Projects@Work, The Systems Thinker and PM World Today. A recognized authority in project management, he is a frequently invited keynote speaker on project management areas of interest and leadership.

Dr. Brown has a patent for a project scheduling methodology, and has received numerous awards including "Engineer of the Year" from the Cape Canaveral Technical Societies and is a recipient of the "NASA Public Service Medal" for exceptional contributions to NASA's mission. He is a member of the Project Management Institute.

James has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida, a MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). There are fewer than 700 speaking and training businesses worldwide that have had the honor of earning the Certified Speaking Professional designation.


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