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From Projects to Programs

A Project Manager's Journey, 1st Edition

By Samir Penkar

Auerbach Publications

157 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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This is the story of an up-and-coming project manager that has been handed a large program to lead. Follow along as Susan Codwell, Program Manager for FitAtWork Inc., struggles, leads, stumbles, and grows into the role of program manager. Throughout this book you will gain a clear understanding of the core program management processes and components involved.

An engaging story of what makes program management effective, From Projects to Programs: A Project Manager's Journey introduces key program management concepts in a manner that is easy to understand. It provides a backstage view into the workings of program management, program organization, team dynamics, and the skills required to manage programs.

  • Presents new ideas on program organization and reporting
  • Identifies the critical skills required of program managers
  • Supplies helpful tips for managing project managers
  • Includes reflections at the end of each chapter that reinforce key concepts

Narrated through the eyes of a program manager, the book provides you with the opportunity to experience the ins and outs of real-world program management.Every project team member will find themselves somewhere in this story. Whether you are an aspiring program manager, a successful project manager, or a project team member, this book offers a fascinating glimpse into what it takes to run successful programs in today’s business environment.

Table of Contents

The Birth of My First Program

What Is it Really I Do?

Program Roadmap

Estimates and Program Financials

Why Do It? Benefits, Benefits, Benefits

The Prosperity Game for Governance

Program Integration Challenges

The Long Implementation Phase

Benefits Management

The Fruits of Growth


Selected Bibliography




About the Author

Samir Penkar is an award-winning program and project management professional. He is the founder of the Future of Project Management blog, the place for people, trends, and ideas on project management. Penkar has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fox 9 News, and numerous project management publications. A passionate speaker, he has presented internationally across the United States, Asia, Canada, and Africa.

Penkar has a degree in Electronics Engineering and a MBA from Mumbai University in India. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as a certified Scrum Master. Penkar loves the outdoors, is a distance running coach, and his favorite hobby is flying fighter kites. As a consultant, he has worked with a number of organizations in the education, insurance, fitness, manufacturing, and agro industries.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)