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The Agile PMO: Leading the Effective, Value driven, Project Management Office (Volume 3) Paperback – February 27, 2013
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Michael Nir - President of Sapir Consulting - (M.Sc. Engineering) has been providing operational, organizational and management consulting and training for over 15 years. He is passionate about Gestalt theory and practice, which complements his engineering background and contributes to his understanding of individual and team dynamics in business. Michael authored 11 Bestsellers in the fields of Influencing, Agile, Teams, Leadership and others. Michael's professional background includes significant expertise in the telecoms, hi-tech, software development, R&D environments and petrochemical & infrastructure industries. He develops creative and innovative solutions in project and product management, process improvement, leadership, and team building programs. Michael travels extensively to Europe and East Asia, conducting training and consulting. He understands people, organizations and cultures and has a high degree of comfort leading cross-functional and cross-cultural training. Whether he focuses on the "soft side" or on project business skills, or a combination of both, he is effective facilitating learning on myriad topics, including negotiations, conflict management, influence without authority, leadership, body language, and presentation. His style is facilitative, favoring Socratic Direction, employing a range of techniques, from mind mapping, NLP and accelerated learning to indoor gaming and active playful exercises. He has been working with a multitude of clients in a broad range of industries, ranging from high tech, medical, IT infrastructure, telecom to petrochemical. Michael engages participants from various backgrounds such as sales and marketing, operations, research and development and management.
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As other reviewers have also pointed out, not much depth and/or totally lacking in substance. I do begin to wonder where the 5- and 4-star reviews come from...
Moreso, the use of "Agile" in the title? There is nothing "Agile" about what he has written, if you take it from the perspective of the Agile Methodology/SCRUM, etc. After the last page, I felt like being a victim of a "bait-and-switch."
In summary, I was hoping to find some PMO-specific best practices, processes, methodologies, templates, etc. that I could leverage in my work. The title of the book is very misleading, and unfortunately came out feeling empty-handed...
The positives that I found include:
- "Kotter's 8-Step Change Model for Successful Transformational Change"
- Mission of the PMO
The section that describes guidelines for Agile PMO, while useful, was light on detail and did not cover the one scenario that I was looking for: small/mid-sized companies.
The author does not appear to have a strong grasp of agile principles. In one statement "Time boxing is great as long as you are flexible to changing the durations of the time box if necessary.", the author oversimplifies and does not explain what he meant by this, and why this is considered "best practice" in his mind. Changing the duration of the timebox can create chaos that disrupts the project. Also, there were only 10 pages or so of content related to "Agile PMO"; for a book that is titled "Agile PMO", I expected much more detailed coverage of the main subject matter.
Despite the good data I found reading this book, I found several grammatical and spelling errors, which are minor, but create a distraction. In the age of spell-checkers, I find it inexcusable for a book aimed at professionals (or any published book, for that matter) to have such blatant mistakes. Examples of such errors are below. There were also a number of mis-capitalized words such as "Methodology" in places that do not require it.
"personal" instead of "personnel"
"defiend" instead of "defend"
"you’re" instead of "your"
Due to the issues I mentioned, I give this book 3 stars overall. The content overall is ok but the errors detract from its value.