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BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: FOCUS (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series)
Author:  Various Authors
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price: $19.99
Format: Soft Cover, 176 pages
Publication Date:  2019
ISBN: 13-978-1-63369-658-7
Reviewer: Edward Raibick, PMP
Review Date: September 2019

 


 

Introduction

The Harvard Business Review book titled Emotional Intelligence – FOCUS, is one in a series of books focusing on the human side of management and professional life. It focuses on providing tips for staying laser focused on achieving individual goals and business objectives, avoiding distractions, and stress reduction techniques as you work in a fast-paced business environment.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • Chapter 1.- by Daniel Goleman, discusses in detail the three types of focus: self-focus, focus on others and focus on the world. It provides insight to the primary challenge of any leader is to direct attention and filter distractions, not only with themselves, but with others as well. Daniel dives into subjects such as the empathy triad, self-control, and the importance of building relationships.
  • Chapter 2 – by Kandi Wiens, dives into breaking the cycle of stress and distraction by using emotional intelligence. She discusses the impact of stress on the body, causes of stress, and methods of stress reduction. Not actively managing stress can leave the individual feeling anxious, unable to focus, and trigger hormonal changes that can have a negative impact on the body. Kandi provides practical mindful techniques for combating these issues. She also discusses mindfulness as a tool to regain focus and reduce stress.
  • Chapter 3 – by Michael Lipson, reviews improving focus by actively knowing that you are losing focus, and then providing tips and techniques that can be used to regain focus. Actively knowing that distraction is occurring, and the structure of distraction, you will improve the strength in remaining focused and minimizing distraction.
  • Chapter 4 – by Amy Gallo, discusses what to do when you are feeling distracted. Insights on managing emotional responses of frustration, anxiety and anger are reviewed as well as its impact on productivity She also dives into the dangers of multitasking, and its impact on overall productivity goals and objectives. Amy discusses setting up personal boundaries for yourself, interactions with others, colleague support and personal care during times where high attention focus is required.
  • Chapter 5 – by Heidi Grant, coaches the reader on self-motivation in getting their project started and avoiding procrastination. She discusses the main reasons for procrastination and methods that can be used for dealing with each situation. She also introduced if-then planning methods for completing your project based on various possible situations.

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About the Reviewer


Edward Raibick, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

Edward Raibick, PMP is a Project Management Consultant with extensive experience in software engineering, managerial and IT Project Management. Edward holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Internet and IT security, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and an Associate in Specialized Technology degree in Electronics. His career includes over 10 years with the IBM Corporation and over 15 years with Texas Instruments. His consultant projects includes major clients such as Experian, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Edward is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, having acquired his PMP certification in 2011.  Edward is also currently the Director of the Dallas PMI Chapter Book Review Program.

Contact: Email address: raibick@sbcglobal.net

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

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The Persuasive Project Manager

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Persuasive Project Manager: Communicating for understanding
Author:  Dr. Bill Brantley
Publisher:  Bill Brantley
List Price:   $5.99
Format:  Soft cover, 87 pages
Publication Date:   2019
ISBN: 978-1-79572-849-2
Reviewer: Valentina Rada, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP
Review Date: September 2019

 


 

Introduction

One of the most vital elements of project management is communication. In average a project manager spends, or should, spend 90% of the time communicating. The author of The Persuasive Project Manager book, Dr. Bill Brantley, a project management practitioner, is outlining the understanding as the key part of the communication. We all communicate, but how much our message is truly understood by our team members, stakeholders.

Overall communication is influenced by multiple factors, such as online technologies that add to the communication barriers, the number of people in the teams that increases communication channels and culture. A project manager should know how to leverage project management communication strategies to be a persuasive project manager.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The Persuasive Project Manager emphasizes how to overcome communication challenges. It’s about understanding instead of just offering information, persuading through logical arguments and emotional impact.

The book is structured key eight areas that help a project manager how to master persuasive communication: 1) Communication is more than information transfer. Understanding is about know-what, know-how and know-why; 2) Ethos, Pathos and Logos. Aristotle’s triad is the foundation of being persuasive following your credibility, emotions and logic; 3) Emergent communication model. We build meaning from our communication before, during and after communication occurs; 4) Information transfer model. It’s important for project managers to have effective ways of transmitting and receiving project information; 5) Emotional vs cultural intelligence. Understanding cultural differences helps project managers to be better communicators; 6) Cognitive biases. Cognitive biases can lead to organizational failure by harming project teams and are erroneous ways to receive and process information; 7) Effective communication with remote team members and stakeholders. That’s important to build trust with remote team members; 8) Emergent communication model. Emergent communication model is the foundation of the three leadership models: situational, servant and coaching.

Highlights

The author, Dr. Bill Bratley, refers back to ancient Aristotle’s persuasive triad of ethos, logos, pathos that is still relevant to today’s communication principles. Ethos and pathos help you gain your audience attention and engagement with your message, but it is your logos that persuade your audience. Ethos is about your credibility, pathos about your emotions, logos shows your logic…

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About the Reviewer


Valentina Rada

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Valentina Rada’s professional experience includes twenty years of experience in market research, retail and restaurant industries as research analyst and project manager. She is a Project Management Professional and an Agile Certified Practitioner. She has a Master in Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word. She is currently a Senior Project Manager for the City of San Antonio in Texas. Valentina can be reached at valirada@hotmail.com or www.linkedin.com/in/valentina-rada

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Alamo Chapter. Authors and publishers offer the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. 

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/

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Body Language Silent Influencing

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    Body Language Silent Influencing: Employing Powerful Techniques for Influence and Leadership
Author:  Michael Nir
Publisher:  Sapir Publishing, Boston, MA
List Price:   $19.99
Format:  Paperback, 210 pages
Publication Date:  3rd Ed, 2016
ISBN: 978-1499339567
Reviewer: Bettina T. McGriggler, PMP
Review Date: September 2019

 


 

Introduction

Body Language, Silent Influencing, is valuable reading for leaders or anyone involved in managing teams and projects. The author, Michael Nir, successfully weaves behavioral concepts with real-world scenarios to demonstrate the role body language plays in identifying, gaining and retaining influence. Our behavior and gestures are constantly sending signals about our thoughts, understanding, agreement and disapproval of verbal communications. Leaders who develop expertise in analyzing the differences between verbal and non-verbal communications can gain influence and increase their opportunities for success in any situation.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into six main lessons with reader exercises for each section. Areas of concentration include: 1) Silent Influencing and Leadership; 2) Body Language Arts – 101; 3) Influencing with Your Hands; 4) Recognizing and Utilizing Stress, Resentment and Inconsistent Behavior; 5) Influencing Silently, Integrating for Powerful Results; and 6) Ready, Set, Go – Creating Change.

The exercises illustrate key concepts discussed in each section through practical application scenarios. In addition to the exercises, there are (4) reader tools that spotlight key information for reflection and quick reference. These include:

  • Remember Scrolls that summarize key concepts
  • Thinking Alerts displayed as shaded boxes containing real world take-aways
  • Case Study stories that bring concepts to life; and
  • Reflection Clouds that target thoughts on specific ideas and insights.

Michael Nir bases his analysis on a combination of Gestalt theory, neuro-linguistic programming and behavioral economics. The appendix contains additional information on these topics for those who desire further study into the psychological foundation.

Highlights

Body Language provides a wealth of valuable information. Some areas that will be of interest to readers include:

  • Silent influencing is a “not-so-learned” art. Traditionally education focused on  teaching hard skills, not soft skills. This trend left many leaders unequipped to silently influence others.
  • The ability to understand and control non-verbal “language” is critical for leaders who lack position authority or power, but are responsible for key deliverables. These leaders achieve their goals only if they can influence others to follow their lead.

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About the Reviewer


Bettina T. McGriggler

Texas, USA

 

 

Bettina T. McGriggler’s career includes portfolio, project and functional management in financial services, retail, health care, contact centers and manufacturing. She is a Project Management Professional and holds a JD/MBA from the University of Kansas and a BA in International Relations from Drake University. She is currently the Franchise Owner of SYNERGY HomeCare in San Antonio, TX.

Bettina can be reached at linkedin.com/in/bettina-mcgriggler-5842a511/

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Alamo Chapter. Authors and publishers offer the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. 

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/

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How to get every Network Diagram Question right

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  How to get every Network Diagram Question right on the PMP Exam
Author:  Aileen Ellis, PgMP, PMP
Publisher:  CreateSpace
List Price:   $7.99
Format:  Paperback
Publication Date:   2015
ISBN: 1503118053 and 13 9781503118058
Reviewer: Rodger L. Martin
Review Date: August 2019

 


 

Introduction

How to get every Network Diagram Question right on the PMP Exam – PMP Exam Prep Simplified – One in a series of mini-books (50+ PMP Exam Prep Sample Questions and Solutions on Network Diagrams) – Now that’s a title!

Aileen’s view on PMP Exam Preparation

To learn to ride a bike, a person must ride a bike. To learn to pass the PMP Exam, a person must practice with hundreds and hundreds of PMP Exam Prep sample questions.

This book is the third book in her series of mini- books – PMP® Exam Preparation Simplified Series. Over the last 20 years Aileen has helped more than 10,000 project managers in her workshops obtain their PMP credential. Often the participants in Aileen’s workshops are successful project managers who may lack experience is specific topics on the PMP Exam. The topics that participants seem to struggle with the most include:

  • Earned value Management (EVM)
  • Contract types and calculations (FPIF, CPIF, PTA, etc.)
  • Network diagrams including float, free float, project float, leads and lags
  • Financial based questions i(IRR, ROI, etc.)
  • Statistical based questions

There is one thing all of these areas have in common and it is math.

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About the Reviewer


Rodger L. Martin, JD, MBA, BSEE, PMP, PMI-ACP

Texas, USA

 

 

Rodger L. Martin has a broad background in business, law, engineering and Project Management, both plan-driven and Agile.  He is a retired US Air Force officer with expertise in rockets and National Ranges.  His work experiences include government, military, public corporations, small business consulting and high-tech non-profit organizations.  For the last 20 years, he has worked on Document Management, Knowledge Management and Process Management/Modeling projects for commercial companies.  He acquired his PMP certification in 2007 and his PMI-ACP in 2015.  He is also a certified Mediator.  He is a member of both the Dallas and Alamo (San Antonio) Chapters of PMI.  He is the Director of Book Reviews for the Alamo PMI Chapter.

Email address: 10751@impulse.net

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodgerlmartin

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Alamo Chapter. Authors and publishers offer the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. 

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.

 

The Mind of the Leader

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results
Author:  Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review
List Price:   $30.00 USD
Format:  Hardback, 238 pages
Publication Date:   2018
ISBN: 9781633693425
Reviewer:  Sheila Renee Jackson
Review Date: September 2019

 


 

Introduction

The Mind of the Leader helps us answer the age-old question, “What’s on your mind?” As the authors explain in the introduction, we often see, through their actions, what is, or is not, on a leader’s mind. The authors suggest three foundational, mutually enhancing, qualities of great leadership, which they call MSC leadership. (M)indfulness. (S)elflessness. (C)ompassion.

The Mind of the Leader is a product of more than two years of research by the Potential Project around the qualities necessary for success in twenty-first century leadership and is based upon interviews and assessments of more than 35,000 leaders and 250 executives at Microsoft, Lego, Accenture, and McKinsey. The book includes an accompanying self-titled App available on Android and Apple.

Overview of Book’s Structure

In the introduction the authors explain the three levels of leadership (Yourself, Your people, Your organization) and illustrate this concept graphically (p. 4). This graphic is used throughout with the particular chapter emphasis highlighted. The book’s three parts each detail one level of leadership using the MSC pattern. The book’s formatting consistency enhances its effectiveness; locating answers within each of the three parts is easier because of this pattern.

The capstone statement for this book might be “Leadership is less about what you do and becoming more of what you are.” Leaders who are more approachable, more relatable and more truly human are the ones who succeed. This book is a move away from leadership development’s traditional starting points of strategy, vision, and spreadsheets. Instead, the authors propose an inside-out approach with the book as their supporting outcomes-based research. “You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.” [Peter Drucker]

The Mind of the Leader is organized around three levels of leadership, with awareness as the core of each: self, people and organization.

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About the Reviewer


Sheila Jackson, PMP

North Texas, USA

 

 

 

Sheila Jackson, PMP, MBA, PSM-I has more than sixteen years of project management experience, in multiple industries and settings. Sheila has an MBA from the University of North Texas and a BA in Psychology from Baylor University.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

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.

 

 

Project Management of Large Software-Intensive Systems

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    Project Management of Large Software-Intensive Systems: Controlling the Software Development Process
Author:  Marvin Gechman
Publisher:  CRC Press
List Price:  $79.95
Format:  Large, soft cover, 366 pages
Publication Date:  April 2019
ISBN: 9780367136710
Reviewer:  Oluwasegun Odetola, PMP
Review Date: month year

 


 

Introduction

Project management of large software-intensive systems is a detailed compendium of managing large and highly complex software implementation projects and how the project manager can deliver such projects with control of the software development process from start to finish. It is broken down into five sections with a total of sixteen chapters that deliver all there is to know about managing the software development process.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Section 1 – Software Project Management Fundamentals

  • Software Project Management Introduction: The first chapter introduces the reader to the book, taking the reader through business operations and the basics of software project management, the need to have a one-page flowchart picture of software that is to be built, defining what the software system is, software project planning, the software team, software classes and categories and software development standards.
  • Software Project Management Activities: The second chapter takes the reader through the overview of the software project management domain, the importance of the requirements traceability matrix, software project management objectives, software project management control areas, software process improvement, system sustainment and possible pitfalls that may occur.
  • System and Software Life Cycle Processes: The third chapter discusses the software project management processes, lifecycle process, system definition, system development lifecycle process, implementation process, integration, testing, verification, system sustainment, testing processes and the fact that not having processes is very costly.
  • Software Development Methodologies: Chapter four discusses the software development process models including evolutionary software acquisitions strategy, incremental model, the iterative model, prototyping, the spiral model, the unified process model, linear sequential model as well as software analysis and design models, managing agile software development projects, schedules and activity networks and software standards. In this chapter, it is stated that having a methodology to follow is critical in a mid-sized or large-scale software development program.

Section 2 – Software Management and Quality Domains

  • Software Management Domain: Chapter five focuses on software project planning and oversight, software risk management and mitigation, technical and management reviews, critical requirements assurance and software subcontract management. The need to define done and the importance of planning is discussed here.

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About the Reviewer


Oluwasegun Odetola, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

 

 

Oluwasegun Odetola is a project management professional with experience managing projects to achieve higher than expected goals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in Project Management, a master’s degree in Information Technology and Management and became a certified Project Management Professional in 2012. He has over 17 years of experience in roles in Project Management, Information Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing.  Oluwasegun is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas chapter.

He can be reached at laniodetola@gmail.com.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

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.

 

 

PMP Exam Preparation

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  PMP Exam Preparation Test Questions, Practice Test, and Simulated Exam
Author:  Dr. Ginger Levin, PgMP, PMP
Publisher:  CRC Press
List Price:   $63.96
Format:  Spiral Bound Paperback- 388 pages
Publication Date:  2019               
ISBN: 13-978-0-8152-7910-2
Reviewer: Rodger L. Martin
Review Date: September 2019

 


 

Introduction

In 2019, just a little more than a year after releasing The PMBOK Guide – A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Sixth Edition, PMI announced that the focus of the PMP Examination questions would change December 15, 2019.  In late August 2019, they announced that the focus of PMP Examination questions would not be changed until July 2020.  The reason stated was that several education providers and chapters needed more time to prepare and update their publications.  The PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition added four additional sections to each Knowledge Area:  Key Concepts, Trends and Emerging Practices, Tailoring Considerations, and Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments.

Dr. Ginger Levin, the holder of the second certification in Program Management, died in late 2018.  She had served the project management community for more than 50 years.  This examination preparation book of questions is still relevant at least until June 2020.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • 10 Chapters (One for each Knowledge Area) – 50 questions and answers with reference to the PMBOK and the PMP Examination Content Outline.
  • Practice Test – A 200-question practice test is designed to simulate the certification exam.
  • Study Matrix – Each question is identified with Performance Domain and Knowledge Area.
  • Answer Key – The Answer Key for each question identifies the best answer and provides a rationale paragraph.  It also contains a reference to the PMBOK Guide (page number) and the PMP Examination Content Outline Process and Task.

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About the Reviewer


Rodger L. Martin, JD, MBA, BSEE, PMP, PMI-ACP

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Rodger L. Martin has a broad background in business, law, engineering and Project Management, both plan-driven and Agile.  He is a retired US Air Force officer with expertise in rockets and National Ranges.  His work experiences include government, military, public corporations, small business consulting and high-tech non-profit organizations.  For the last 20 years, he has worked on Document Management, Knowledge Management and Process Management/Modeling projects for commercial companies.  He acquired his PMP certification in 2007 and his PMI-ACP in 2015.  He is also a certified Mediator.  He is a member of both the Dallas and Alamo (San Antonio) Chapters of PMI.  He is the Director of Book Reviews for the Alamo Chapter.

Email address: 10751@impulse.net

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodgerlmartin

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Alamo Chapter. Authors and publishers offer the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. 

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.

 

 

Successful System Deployment through Operational Readiness

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Successful System Deployment through Operational Readiness   
Author:  Pascal Bohulu Mabelo
Publisher:  E 6 Project Consulting (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
List Price:   Free Download
Format:  PDF eBook
Publication Date:   2018
ISBN: 978-0-620-79883-9
Reviewer: Ivan Kotcher, PMP
Review Date: July 2019

 


 

Introduction

Many project management books focus on the day-in and day-out of project management—usually focusing on how to keep projects on track in terms of scope, quality, budget.  Very few focus on how best to start a project or how to ensure ongoing success once the immediate objective of the project has been reached and the outcomes delivered.  This book is a welcome addition to the art of thinking holistically about why even well-executed projects can result in outcomes that do not succeed in helping the business or governmental organization executing them, and addressing what critical success factors are involved in guiding positive integration with the preexisting environment.

Just as a project and program team has to be prepared through the organizational and structured management strategies of good practice, customer organizations also have to be prepared to receive project results.  Requirements understanding in terms of customer goals is critical, but so is analysis about how the benefits of the project or program will be maintained over time.  Acceptance of changes resulting from, or even intended by, the project usually requires attention to both the environment surrounding the project (e.g., physical environment in the case of construction projects, legal or regulatory policies) and to what is driving the behaviors the people who make up an organization (e.g., skills level, performance indicators, or even cultural mores).

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured as a broad overview of planning for Operational Readiness, the term used for preparing for ongoing operations.  The author focuses primarily on Large Infrastructure Projects (LIPs), but information technology (IT) infrastructure projects also receive some attention.  The book begins by defining operational readiness by reference to systems engineering and systems thinking, considering it in terms of maintenance, ongoing operations, and retirement as aspects of the ongoing lifecycle of project deliverables.  The book has multiple references to available literature from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and several individual authors, providing a coherent explanation and approach to exploring the subject.

While arguments for the scope of the necessity of operational readiness are welcome, the book also provides some good concrete examples to prove the point.  The most effective one revolves around the design, delivery, and operations of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport (just outside London, one of the largest airports in the world)—a clear failure on delivery due to the lack of attention on service transition to operations.  Lessons learned and applied in later airport expansion are covered, which drives the point home.

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About the Reviewer


Ivan Kotcher

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Ivan Kotcher, PMP, is a project and program manager with strategic and operational consulting experience across the full breadth of data center infrastructure management.  He has over 20 years of experience working with telecommunications and application hosting companies ranging in size from global carriers to startups.   He currently works as a Principal Consultant with Infosys, helping customers to evolve business processes and associated supporting technologies to improve cost profiles and service delivery.

Ivan can be contacted at ikotcher@ot-partners.com

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

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/

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The Four Pillars of Portfolio Management

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Four Pillars of Portfolio Management: Organizational Agility, Strategy, Risk, and Resources         
Author:  Olivier Lazar
Publisher:  CRC Press
List Price:   $79.95
Format:  Hardcover, 169 pages
Publication Date: October 2018   
ISBN: 9781138601321
Reviewer: B. K. Gamble, MBA, PMP, PHR
Review Date: July 2019

 


 

Introduction

The basic premise of Olivier Lazar’s book is his description of the four pillars of Portfolio Management: Organizational Agility, Strategy, Risk, and Resources. Prior to reviewing each of the four pillars, the author introduces and describes the differences between Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Throughout the book, Olivier consistently contrasted the differences between Projects, Programs, and Portfolios and how they interact with each other.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Chapter 2 provides the context of Portfolio Management. In this chapter, Olivier identifies the following levels: strategic, operational, project, program, and governance layers. This chapter provides a clear explanation of the differences between Projects, Programs, and Portfolios.

Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 6 provide a detailed review and tools for each of the four pillars of Portfolio Management in greater detail: Organizational Agility, Your Organization’s Strategy, Risk, and Resource Demand Planning.

Chapter 7 (Managing Your Portfolio) introduces the Portfolio Roadmap as the essential planning tool for pacing the various components within your portfolio. Olivier stresses the importance of maintaining alignment of the portfolio with the organization’s strategy.

Chapter 8 (Evolution and Future Developments in Portfolio Management) provides a look into the future of how artificial intelligence (AI) will automate many of the project management activities that are usually performed by the PMOs.

Chapter 9 (Conclusion) notes the importance of using our limited human resources in a way that creates real value. How a company treats its human resources and considers them in the value creation process is the true competitive advantage for an organization.

The book provides a table of figures as well as a lexicon of terms the author uses throughout the book.

Highlights

Olivier did a great job of defining and providing good examples of Portfolio Management, Program Management, and Project Management throughout the book. The author stressed the importance of having a governance layer in place to support and integrate all the levels (Portfolio, Program, and Project) into a single framework.

The role of Portfolio Management is to translate the organizational strategy into a plan and execute this plan through the various programs and projects. Portfolio Management provides the connection between the operational and tactical layers and the human resource management layers in the organization.

Portfolio Management also provides the channel through which the strategy will be made visible, understandable, and shared throughout the entire organization and even outside the organization. The author makes it clear that the strategy has to be made public. Everyone in the company must be aware of the strategic vision and the strategy. The strategic vision is what drives people and what commits and engages them.

In Chapter 2 (Context of Portfolio Management), Olivier explained the differences and the pros and cons of three different organizational structures: functional, projectized, and matrix in the context of Portfolio Management.

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About the Reviewer


B.K. Gamble, MBA, PMP, PHR

Kerrville, Texas, USA

 

 

 

B.K. Gamble is currently the HR Training and Development Manager for a non-profit operating foundation in the Texas Hill Country and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI Alamo Chapter). B.K.’s career was focused in the Information Technology arena for over 25 years; she jumped on the Project Management band wagon 15 years ago.

B.K. has a B.S. in Computer Science, a M.B.A. in Information Systems, and has held the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification since 2001. She recently acquired the PHR certification. B. K. has varied interests but considers herself to be a “life-long” learner and seeks opportunities to improve herself by learning new skills and serving others.

She can be contacted at www.linkedin.com/in/bkgamble

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Alamo Chapter. Authors and publishers offer the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. 

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The Power of Project Leadership

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: The Power of Project Leadership: 7 keys to help you transform from project manager to project leader
Author: Susanne Madsen
Publisher: KoganPage
List Price: $28.47
Format: Soft cover, 265 pages
Publication Date: January 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7494-7234-4
Reviewer: Muhammad Umar Tariq
Review Date: November 2018

 


 

Preface

The title of this book “The Power of Project Leadership” Tells us half of the idea for how we can transform a good project manager into Good project leader; it also tends to the requirement for administration in the present fast paced world with cutting edge and different comes. I expected a book about administration hypothesis anyway; what I got was an extraordinary sensible manual for truly doing initiative with bunches of stories, models and activities. Extraordinary book, incredible writing skills open door with the end goal to assess their authority and administration abilities. It Strengthen the commence that the present venture director is anticipated to attempt and support less. This Book was exceptionally clear, simple to study and offered numerous tips with the end goal to enhance your Project initiative aptitudes

Synopsis of Book’s Structure

The message all through the book is straightforward; the manner in which we are as venture directors are conveying ventures isn’t working. Project disappointments are high and it’s an extraordinary worry for our clients. (Section 2) portrays that how we can enhance our task administration aptitudes. Turning a camera on your administration abilities can be troublesome. Susanne’s methodology is deliberate and can encourage people to see their qualities and shortcomings reliably. The dialog about the enabling mindset is awesome. I believe that one in everything about key authority learnings is that you essentially will administration your own reaction to occasions and having an inspirational attitude will make propelled things less demanding to oversee.

(Part # 3) The seven keys to extend administration made reference to inside the book, are important and extremely rational. The information provided for everything about keys is helpful and handy now not just a bundle of axioms. By method for grasping those seven keys, you may roll out excellent improvement and enhance your task initiative. You set the pace, make little incremental alterations or cross substantial something, you do your gathering and your partners might be amazed

(Part 4) gives a theoretical on executing the data shown in past sections. The maker additionally elucidates how to incite liberated of the antiquated ways that have not been serving and uses these gadgets to understand the expanded objective.

Climax

The Power of Project Leadership gives a basic however viable manual for enhancing your venture authority abilities. I like the strategy for getting physical exercises to reinforce the critical things, picking up information of impacts and real presence models from venture directors. Susanne has moreover given a website that gives supplemental texture alongside agendas, moving recordings and diverse reference substances. Here is a site http://www.powerofprojectleadership.com/

Highlights What I liked!

Chapter three has a lot to supply for a project manager and leadership. UN agency is willing to be told and check out new skills. I like how the author says nice leaders place their name in danger by adopting/trying out new ideas. Moreover, good leaders like to challenge, question, listen and realize that they do not have answers to all or any the queries.

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About the Reviewer


Muhammed Umar Tariq

Lahore, Pakistan

 

 

Graduate Holder with a Degree of BBA Hons from University of South Asia, Lahore, Pakistan. Currently doing Master in Business Administration from Same University, majoring in Management Sciences. Final thesis and Some Class project Mentions: Management and risk control of financial institutions, Global Marketing Situations, First Hybrid Car Introduced in Pakistan, E-Learning (Future of Online Education).

He holds Certification in Computerized Accounting and Certification in MS Foundation, and has delivered 10+ Presentations on Self Made Topics, Researches at University Level, participated in different types of Symposiums, Coaching Sessions & Motivational Lectures.

He is currently working at Daewoo Express Pakistan Head office as a Senior Executive in the Investment and Planning Department. Consistently achieved all the targets, Passionate about learning new skills, Developed strong skill set including in depth data and company management Expertise, Honed ability to manage conflict and deal with demanding individuals.

Academia and Public Profile links:
https://usea.academia.edu/UmarTariq
https://asklint.academia.edu/UmarTariq/
https://publons.com/researcher/1757867/muhammad-umar-tariq/

 

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/

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