Program Management Professional Handbook



Book Title: Program Management Professional (PgMP) Handbook
Author: Anand Vijayakumar
Publisher: Notion Press
List Price: $45 USD
Format: Softcover, 240 pages
Publication Date: July 2020
ISBN: 978-1-64919-578-4
Reviewer: Manish Mattawar, PMP
Review Date: July 2023


The Program Management Professional (PgMP) Handbook” is an invaluable resource for individuals aspiring to become certified program managers or seeking to enhance their program management skills. The book offers comprehensive guidance and practical insights into program management practices.

Written with clarity and precision by Anand Vijayakumar, the handbook serves as a comprehensive reference guide, covering all aspects of program management in a structured and organized manner. From foundational concepts to advanced techniques, the author provides a wealth of knowledge that can benefit both novice and experienced program managers.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The handbook’s structure is well thought out, making it easy to navigate and locate specific information. The book 231 pages and has 11 chapters, starting with basics and covering various critical areas of program management, including program initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closure. Each section is accompanied by clear explanations, best practices, and helpful tips, enabling readers to grasp complex concepts and apply them effectively in their own projects.


What sets this handbook apart is its focus on the PgMP certification exam. The authors have meticulously aligned the content with the exam domains, ensuring that readers are adequately prepared. The inclusion of sample exam questions and answers at the end of each chapter enables readers to assess their understanding and identify areas that require further study. This feature makes the handbook a valuable study companion for those pursuing the PgMP certification.

Highlights: What I liked!

What I liked most is that the book delves into the human side of program management, emphasizing the importance of leadership, communication, and stakeholder management. It acknowledges the challenges associated with managing diverse teams and offers strategies to foster collaboration and ensure project success. By addressing these soft skills, the handbook goes beyond technical knowledge and equips program managers with the essential interpersonal skills needed for effective program delivery.


To read entire Book Review, click here

How to cite this review: Mattawar, M. (2023).  Program Management Professional (PgMP) Handbook, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue VIII, August. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/pmwj132-Aug2023-Mattawar-PgMP-Handbook-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Manish Mattawar, PMP

Irving, TX, USA


Manish Mattawar, PMP, PMI-ACP, SAFe 6 Agilist, PSM-II, PSM-I is a visionary Senior Technical Program Manager with 17+ years of IT experience, specialized in spearheading high-performance teams to achieve a 100% success rate in delivering organizational goals. He has orchestrated large-scale transformation programs (> $100M), adept at technology development and driving impactful changes. He is currently managing multi million program for one of the largest US banks. A leader with exceptional Emotional Intelligence, high Tolerance of Ambiguity, and strong ability to thrive on challenges, he is skilled in coaching, mentoring, and leveraging best practices for successful program/project management.

Manish can be contacted at manishmattawar1@gmail.com

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide books to the PM World Journal; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  After publication, reviewers can claim PDUs for PMP recertification, or continuing education units from other professional bodies.

If you have read a good recently published book related to managing programs, projects or teams of professionals, consider authoring a book review for publication in the PM World Journal.  For our standard format or for more information, contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com or visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/book-review-program/

If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact editor@pmworldjournal.com