In the ten years since this Gower Handbook was first published, Programme Management has been transformed to become the vehicle of choice for realising the objectives of large scale, complicated, business, government and social investment. The Second Edition of this Gower Handbook is a completely new text; designed as a definitive guide to the current state of Programme Management. To that end the text offers foundation theory and knowledge around key issues such as, managing programme contracts, people and know-how, complexity and uncertainty, benefits and success measures, as well as every stage of the programme life cycle. The main central section of the book provides theory, tools, advice and examples of practical application from an industry context and covers sectors including construction, energy, aerospace and defence, IT, automotive and the public sector. The Handbook also includes a section with chapters on assessing and improving programme competences and developing maturity. Discrete chapters relate programme management to the international baselines and standards. Collectively, the Gower Handbook of Programme Management is most comprehensive guide to the subject that you can buy.
Dennis Lock has written or edited some of the defining books on project management, including Project Management (now in its Tenth Edition) and Gower Handbook of People in Project Management. Following a career in engineering and management, Dennis has lectured on project management at Masters level.
Reinhard Wagner is President of IPMA, Past President and Honorary Fellow of GPM (the German Project Management Association), and founder and CEO of Projectivists, a PM Consultancy.
Review from previous edition: 'Gower's Handbook of Programme Management received an enthusiastic reception at its launch. Andrew Bragg, managing director of the Association for Project Management summed it up as "This is a very significant publication on a very important topic".' Project Manager Today