There’s an awful lot written about program and project management (PPM). Much of it about the function of providing central admin and tools to support the ‘how to’ of managing PPM, rather than an effective organisational system that delivers the strategy. Program Management by Michel Thiry (Published by Gower Publishing Ltd, 2010) covers both and it’s refreshingly coherent. In less than 200 pages the author makes clear that: Programs constitute the missing link between executive level strategy and the projects and operations that will enable it to deliver value. Sound program management practice over any particular standard, can help link strategic decisions with business benefits and create value in organisations. Program management fits in the larger context of the organisation and when not integrated means the focus is on single projects. The books structure supports this well with an introduction followed by three Parts and the Conclusion: Introduction – this cleverly highlights sections relevant for specific groups of readers so they can dip in and out and refer back to areas of particular interest.
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