- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (July 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 007183785X
- ISBN-13: 978-0071837859
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
James T. Brown, Ph.D., is President of SEBA Solutions Inc., which provides project management training for organizations around the world. He has received the Engineer of the Year award from the Cape Canaveral Technical Societies and is a recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal for exceptional contributions to NASA's mission.
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This book gave me great insights into the types of things to be conscious about when taking a program view versus a project view.
The concepts and examples given are practical and based on common sense.
Although numbers and statistics can be useful to some extent, greater emphasis/focus is given in understanding the big picture and context when delivering programs of work.
Many of these concepts I found were intuitive and made alot of practical sense - I recently started managing a program of work, and I could relate a number of situations and examples described in the book. A number of things I suspected were true were clarified and crystalised in the chapters of the book.
The book also talks of the pitfalls of spending too much time on excessive detail when working as a program manager - it's more important to focus on the overall health of the program rather than getting caught up in uneccessary details.
It's the best book on this topic I have read and I am highly likely to be referencing this book in future.
I highly recommend this book to any new program manager, to any aspiring project manager, or to anyone who wants to understand and improve the programs they work on.
In Chapter 10, Figure 10-1 relates to Little's Law (Cycle Time = WIP / Average completion rate) . This is absolutely true isn’t it? Try to do too many projects consuming the same resources; essentially everything slows down.
Thanks to Dr. Brown, we all have an easy to use desk reference anytime we are struggling with how to improve our programs and or projects.
Mr. Brown does an excellent job breaking down the challenges facing a program manager at any level. He writes not from a theoretical perspective, but directly from being mentored by the best, and having experience in project and program management in NASA.
Pretty much the diametric opposite of the PMBOK, this book is extremely practical, and the suggestions can be immediately implemented regardless of industry.
Expensive for a Kindle book, and well worth it.
My new job is mostly program management. I can't bring formal project and program management to the whole company, but can to my business unit. I was looking for some good direction for this, and came across this book. There is not a lot out there on program management, but this book had great content and reviews.
This book is amazing! It will be some I keep by my desk all the time. I was struggling at my new position trying to integrate a PMO into an organization with existing policies and procedures, and putting this plan on paper. As I read this book, the ideas just fell into place. My staff was excited to see a clear and written plan for our business unit and the defined roles and responsibilities. This book helped me to see the areas I needed to focus on.
I now have a clearly defined path forward that is already improving our PMO. If you oversee project managers in your organization, or have the ability to influence those that do, this is a must read for you.