The Project Office: A Key to Managing Projects Effectively

Authors: J. Davidson Frame
Publisher: Crisp Publications Inc

A small book but gives a straight forward view on how to implement a project office within an organisation. A great book for junior project support as it gives a good overview of each element of a project office. Not so good if you need in-depth information.

30 Minutes to Plan a Project

Authors: Trevor L. Young
Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd

Included this on the project office side because this is an excellent book to introduce project support to the science that is project planning!

The Project & Programme Support Office Handbook: Foundation

Authors: David E. Marsh
Publisher: Project Manager Today

The first of two handbooks/study guides that will assist you if you intend to take the ISEB examinations of the same name. Highly recommended for such test makers, a resource that delivers the basics and the advanced topics as well.

The Project and Programme Support Office Handbook: Advanced

Authors: David E. Marsh
Publisher: Project Manager Today

The second of two handbooks/study guides that will assist you if you intend to take the ISEB examinations of the same name. Highly recommended for such test makers, a resource that delivers the basics and the advanced topics as well.

The Complete Project Management Office Handbook, Second Edition

Authors: Gerard M. Hill
Publisher: Auerbach Publications

AMAZON DESCRIPTION: “This book details how the PMO applies professional project management practices and successfully integrates business interests with project goals — regardless of whether the scope of the PMO is limited to managing a handful of specific projects or expanded to oversee the total practice of project management within the organization.”

Leading Successful PMOs

Authors: Peter Taylor
Publisher: Gower

There are plenty of books “out there” on project management tools and techniques, and plenty about setting up and running Project Management Offices (PMOs). Peter Taylor has set out to write a book to guide all would-be and current PMO leaders, focussed on leading PMOs rather than managing them.

PMOSIG Program Management Office Handbook

Authors: Craig Letavec, Dennis Bolles
Publisher: PMI

This handbook has been developed by the PMI’s specialist interest group – the PMOSIG. Topic areas include Project Portfolio Governance, the role of the PMO, stakeholder relationship management, getting your PMO on the right track, branding your PMO and the PMO Maturity Cube.

Things Your PMO is Doing Wrong

Authors: Michael Hatfield
Publisher: PMI

Michael Hatfield has written an easy to read, easy to digest book outlining the problem areas when implementing a PMO and ultimately what makes PMOs fail.

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices: P3O

Authors: Eileen Roden
Publisher: AXELOS

This core guidance from AXELOS describes why, when and how to use portfolio, programme and project Offices (P3O) models. It describes what a P3O is, defining the two key types of P3O, and goes on to answer the question posed by Senior Management: “Why have P3Os and what value-add do they bring to the organisation?”

Creating the Project Office

Authors: Robert J. Graham, Randall L. Englund, Paul C. Dinsmore
Publisher: Crisp Publications Inc

A good book for PMO Managers, if not only for the distinct lack of good books in the area of project offices.

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