With simplicity in mind, A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration tackles the complex and sometimes intimidating environment of projects. Only if you understand project management can you do it right. Therefore the contents are illustrated with copious graphic illustrations and bullet lists that should meet the needs of senior management searching for a quick understanding of the major issues down to the student studying the subject from the ground up.
The book is divided into five sections:
Introduces and defines project, program and portfolio management, describes typical content and discusses basic first principles. This provides the reader with the basis for further reading and study
Focuses on structure and distinctive characteristics of the project life span. The evolution of models of project management over three decades help the reader to develop a mental image of the complex of processes. This is extended into new territory to incorporate portfolio management with a view to better project selection decision-making.
Explores the uniquely dynamic nature of the project management environment, both internal and external, with advice on how best to manage both. This section deals with the practical realities of a project and so is possibly the most challenging and of most immediate use.
Expands the horizon by taking a look at the merits and options for a program management office and how to get going with portfolio project management. This section also takes a more advanced look at portfolio project selection and how to avoid suboptimal portfolio groupings.
Provides some final thoughts with a focus on success and the future of project management.
Include useful reference lists covering institutional learning, project management applications and a short glossary of the most common project management terms.