Introduction to The Handbook of Program Management
In this and upcoming Blogs, I will be providing highlights of The Handbook of Program Management, published by McGraw-Hill. You have the option of watching or reading the highlight.
The Handbook of Program Management provides a framework of structured, organized common sense. Successful program management is not magical, complicated, or difficult.
However, it requires leadership and integrity to repeatedly execute successfully. You can accomplish this with sophisticated software packages and cadres of consultants. Or you can accomplish this with a calendar and a notebook. Numerous organizations have attempted to buy a successful project management culture by purchasing tools or hiring consultants, only to fail because of a lack of leadership and integrity to follow structured, organized common sense.
Tools and consultants in the absence of structured, organized common sense usually result in program and project failures that have pretty charts and diagrams to communicate why they are over budget and behind schedule. Strong leadership at the business and program level results in repeatable success.
Exceptional project managers may be able to deliver success in isolation or sporadically in the absence of leadership, but even the best project managers fail on occasion when they work in environments that lack leadership. More often than not, project failure is not the project manager’s fault, although he or she is frequently blamed. The real cause for the failure is faulty program management.
If you believe that project management is not complicated and the majority of professionals today can be effective project managers when provided an environment that facilitates their development and success, then The Handbook of Program Management is for you.
Realize that you won’t find complex methodologies or “whiz-bang” quick fixes here; rather, the principles provided will assist you in establishing a successful project management culture where the program acts with integrity and supporting personnel and stakeholders are not apathetic but fully engaged and supportive.
You can employ some of these principles right now with immediate results, while others may require a longer-term implementation strategy. Either way, you’ll have the tools and information you need to strengthen your program management processes so you can have repeated project management success.
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