Implementing Project and Program Benefit Management



Book Title:  Implementing Project and Program Benefit Management
Author:  Kenn Dolan
Publisher:  CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
List Price:  $69.95
Format:  Hardcover, 272 pages; Kindle version available
Publication Date:   2019              
ISBN: 978-1-4987-8639-3
Reviewer: Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, PMP
Review Date:  June 2019





With the PMBOK Edition 6 placing a renewed emphasis on project benefits and benefits realization, Kenn Dolan comes to the rescue with a book that will provide a primer for project managers who need to learn more about project selection criteria and how to ensure the sponsor receives their expected benefits.

Implementing Project and Program Benefit Management is also valuable to experienced project managers who need a refresher on benefits and some new ideas on how to actually track benefits attainment. This is an excellent reference book, too, with clear examples in addition to the processes and formulas you need to know.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Implementing Project and Program Benefit Management has a hefty, detailed table of contents spanning seven pages so I will summarize the content here. After the Dedication, Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments, About the Author and the Introduction, there are three parts made up of eleven chapters, followed by two appendices, a list of abbreviations and acronyms, references and an index.

Part One: Establishing the Language

Chapter 1: What Are Benefits and Why Are They Important?

Chapter 2: Definitions and Terminology

Chapter 3: Team Roles and Responsibilities

Part Two: The Benefits Lifecycle

Chapter 4: Introduction to the Benefit Life Cycle

Chapter 5: Establish the Context

Chapter 6: Identify the Benefits

Chapter 7: Assess the Benefits

Chapter 8: Plan for Benefits Realization

Chapter 9: Coordinate and Realize the Benefits

Chapter 10: Review the Initiative

Part Three: Embedding the Practices

Chapter 11: Embedding Benefits Realization Management into Organizations

Appendix I: Documentation

Appendix II: Summary of Cognitive Biases Impacting Benefits Realization Management

Abbreviations and Acronyms




While most of the book focuses on showing us the tools to use and why, Part Three, Embedding the Practices, Chapter 11: Embedding Benefits Realization Management into Organizations, provides a plan that you can actually use to embed these practices into your organization without a great deal of rework of current processes.


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About the Reviewer

Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, PMP

North Texas, USA



Patt Chowdhury, Managing Principal and Consultant at Patt Chowdhury Advisors LLC, is a marketing executive and cross-functional senior manager with extensive experience in program and project management, marketing operations, product management, process development and information technology at iconic, global Fortune 500 brands in the information technology and travel and transportation industries such as American Airlines, Sabre, EDS, Hewlett Packard and HPE. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Dallas Gupta College of Business where she teaches marketing and management courses in the MBA and MS programs. Patt is a PMP ® and a Six Sigma Black Belt. She is a member of the PMI Dallas Chapter where she serves as Director, Lunch and Learn Program Series, Manager of the Speaker Bureau and as a Facilitator Panelist for the PMP Exam Review. She holds an MBA in International Management, a Master of Management (MM) degree in Telecommunications Management, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing and a certificate in Product Management.

Patt can be contacted at patt.chowdhury@gmail.com or on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/pattchowdhury


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