Program management is a rapidly emerging offshoot of project management. So much so that AT&T, IBM, and other organizations, both large and small in all sectors, have initiated a push to certify program managers. And, although universities offer courses in program management, there are few books available to guide program managers through this field that requires a broad level of knowledge and experience.
The definitive reference on program management, Program Management: A Life Cycle Approach provides this much needed guidance. Edited by Dr. Ginger Levin, the second person to become a PMI® certified program manager (PgMP®), this handbook presents a cohesive compilation of program management knowledge from more than 20 certified PgMPs. It considers the entire program life cycle and its phases—from initiation to sustainability.
Each chapter is written by an experienced PgMP from a wide range of industries and countries. Combining the rigor of an academic reference with easy-to-read language, the book covers the themes in the PMI Standard for Program Management and ties them to program managers' work. The chapters reference PMI’s standards, complement the concepts in the standards, and expand on the concepts and issues that the standard mentions in passing. The book also addresses a few issues that the standard does not touch on at all.
The book can be read in its entirety, or specific chapters of interest can be read separately. Overall, the book provides practitioners with a reliable source of information on the key themes and issues in program management. It is useful for individuals desiring to attain the PgMP credential and suitable for colleges and universities offering courses in program management.
Table of Contents
Achieving Business Advantages through Program Management; Kai Schüler, PMP, PgMP
Strategic Planning and Program Management: Implementing an Organizational Strategic Vision through a Disciplined Program Management Approach; John M. Sanderson, PgMP, PMP, SCPM
Change Management: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Kathleen M. Hibson, PgMP, Six Sigma Black Belt
Communication, Complexity Theory, and Programs; Wanda Curlee, DM, PMP, PgMP, PMI-RMP
Program Initiation; L. Trae Miller III, JD PE, PgMP, PMP
Benefits Management; André Toso Arrivabene, MBA, PMP, PgMP
The Earned Benefit Method for Controlling Program Performance; Crispin ("Kik") Piney, BSc, PgMP, PMP
Demystifying Stakeholder Management: The Science and the Art; Gareth Byatt MBA, PgMP, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP
Closing the Expectations Gap: Setting and Managing Expectations; Amy Baugh, MBA, PMP, PgMP
Communication and Its Power at the Program Level: Managing Power Brokers with Effective Communication; Oluwatosin Agbetusin, PMP, PgMP
Program Governance: Toward a Conceptual Framework; Muhammad Ehsan Khan, PMP, PgMP, MCITP EPM
Decision Gate Discipline for Programs; Bill Crider, PMP, PgMP
Mobilizing the Organization: The Discipline of Execution; Kim Herzog, MBA, PMP, PgMP
The Program Management Office (PgMO).; Gary Hamilton, MBA, PMP, PgMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, CAPM, Certified Scrum Master, Project+, PRINCE2, MSP, ITIL-F, MCTS (Sharepoint), MCITP (Project), and Six Sigma Lean Certified Professional
Program Management Office: Role and Challenges; Monica Gaita, MBA, PMP, PgMP
Program Risk Management; Gary Hamilton, MBA, PMP, PgMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, CAPM, Certified Scrum Master, Project+, PRINCE2, MSP, ITIL-F, MCTS (Sharepoint), MCITP (Project), and Six Sigma Lean Certified Professional
Program Manager Competencies; Ardi Ghorashy, M.Sc., PMP, PgMP, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Information Structuring "Methodology": Tools and Techniques for Effective Program Management; Robert Joslin, CENG, MBCS, PMP, PgMP, PhD Candidate at SKEMA Business School, Lille, France
The Influence of Consortiums in Developing and Developed Countries; Kurt Harris, PMP, PgMP, PhD Candidate at SKEMA Business School, Lille, France
The Increasing Importance of Social and Business Media in Program Management; Jeffrey G. Hodgkinson, PMP, PgMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, CAPM
Portfolio, Program, and Project Management as Enablers of Innovation; Brian Grafsgaard, PMP, PgMP
Organizational Maturity: Managing Programs Better; Suhail Iqbal, PE, PgMP, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMI-ACP, CAPM, MCT, PRINCE2 Practitioner, PhD Candidate at SKEMA Business School, Lille, France
Sustainability Program Management; James L. Haner, PhD, PgMP, PMP
Dr. Ginger Levin is a senior consultant and educator in program and project management with more than 35 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. Her specialty areas include project management, business development, maturity assessments, metrics, organizational change, knowledge management, and the project management office. She is a lecturer for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in its master’s degree program in project management, an adjunct professor at ESC Lille, and a visiting professor at RMIT university.
Dr. Levin is the coauthor of Implementing Program Management: Templates and Forms Aligned with the Standard for Program Management—Second Edition (2008); Project Portfolio Management; Metrics for Project Management; Essential People Skills for Project Managers; Achieving Project Management Success Using Virtual Teams; The Advanced Project Management Office: A Comprehensive Look at Function and Implementation; People Skills for Project Managers; Business Development Capability Maturity Model; and ESI International’s PMP® Challenge! She was a major contributor to ESI’s PMP® Study Guide and is a frequent contributor to ESI’s newsletter, Project Horizons.