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Will give you a good understanding of Project Program and Portfolio Management (P3M). If you need to get up to speed on the subject quickly, this book is for you!

By: John Carroll
Publication Date: August 31st, 2014

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Project Program and Portfolio Management (P3M) represents project management taken to the enterprise level. It is increasingly being recognised as critical to the success of projects in large organizations, such as governments and multinational corporations. Conversely, it is also being recognised that failure to implement it in an organization will often result in a string of poor performing and failed projects. While P3M should therefore be considered critical for large organisations, it can also play a significant part in improving the success and financial payback of projects in any size of business.

Whether you will be commissioning, running, involved in the delivery of, or are just interested in the possibilities that program and portfolio management can bring, Project Program and Portfolio Management in easy steps will give you a good understanding of the subject. The few books that have been published on the subject to date tend to be technical manuals or theoretical text books, rather than hands-on guides. So, if you need to get up to speed on the subject quickly, this book is for you. It will show you how to implement program and/or portfolio management in easy steps and how to get the greatest benefit from using one or both in your organization.

Note from the author

In case you were wondering why there isn’t a comma after ‘Project’ in the title of the book, it’s because the book doesn’t cover project management, it covers project program management and portfolio management, which are developments from and extensions to project management. A project program refers to a series of projects that are related, and together will achieve a major change in a business. A portfolio refers to the total set of all the projects and programs being carried out in a business at any given time.

Although I have included a chapter on project management, it is not intended to be a complete coverage of the subject. It is only included to establish a baseline from which to compare and contrast program management and portfolio management. For a complete coverage of project management, I would recommend Effective Project Management in easy steps (or Agile Project Management in easy steps, if you are working in an agile project environment).











About the author

John Carroll is a project management consultant with many years’ experience of managing large and small projects, programs and portfolios. Now based in South West England, he has run projects and programs across Europe and the United States. His experience covers most types of organisations including government, higher education, manufacturing industries, pharmaceuticals, software development and the emergency services. He has worked on most types of projects and trained project managers in many different organisations.

John is also the author of Effective Project Management in easy steps, Effective Time Management in easy steps, Agile Project Management in easy steps and all editions of (MS) Project in easy steps.

  1. Introduction: why every organization can benefit from P3M
  2. Project Management: establishing the starting point
  3. Program Management: moving on from project management
  4. Portfolio Management: turning enterprise strategy into business reality
  5. Business Environment: preparing the organization
  6. Implementing Program Management
  7. Implementing Portfolio Management
  8. Benefits Management
  9. Stakeholder Management
  10. Risk Management
  11. Corporate Governance
  12. Action Plan and Road Map

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“Forget jargon and processes for processes sake. This is a straight forward, no-nonsense guide to what to do and why. There is even some ‘how’ for good measure from a man that has walked the walk with the best of them.” Reader review from Amazon

“I can whole heartedly recommend this book. I am using it to help relatively inexperienced PPM develop an understanding of how project, programme and portfolio management fit and what they involve without wading through a massive methodology manual, It would be of little use to more experienced staff but is great for the newbies. Simply written with clear diagrams.” Reader review from Amazon