The Contract Scorecard: Successful Outsourcing by Design

Authors: Sara Cullen
Publisher: Gower

Adoption and use of a contract scorecard demonstrates a maturing ability to manage commercial outsourcing arrangements. The process of designing the scorecard helps you nail down the key outcomes and avoid lack of focus, inconsistent objectives, hidden costs, indifferent service and deteriorating relationships with your contract partners

The Success Healthcheck for IT Projects

Authors: J.A. Flinn
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Aimed at those who manage, sponsor, own or deliver IT projects, “The Success Healthcheck for IT Projects” should help managers identify and address those projects which consume resources and yet don’t produce results for the business.

59 Checklists for Project and Programme Managers

Authors: Rudy Kor and Gert Wijnen
Publisher: Gower

This book is aimed at people who are involved in, or are about to become involved in, a project or programme. If you feel your project and programme management competences can be improved, 59 Checklists for Project and Programme Managers will undoubtedly offer you useful suggestions.

An Executive Guide to Portfolio Management (MoP)

Authors: OGC
Publisher: The Stationery Office

This new guidance from OGC looks at portfolio management. This smaller version of the Management of Portfolios guidance is aimed at senior executives and is a small pocketbook. The book is designed to “help you better understand how portfolio management can assist in addressing the challenges you and your organisation are facing”.

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Strategic Project Portfolio Management: Enabling a Productive Organization

Authors: Simon Moore
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

This book is part of the Microsoft Executive Leadership Series which consists of a number of publications that have been released over the last few years. It sets out as its aims to tie in the theory and the technology, primarily though not exclusively for an executive audience.

Project Management for Healthcare

Authors: David Shirley
Publisher: CRC Press

On first impressions this book looks like something which was published in the ’70s with its orange, brown and yellow ochre cover; not to mention the photograph of an old fashioned PC keyboard. Despite the less than enticing start I entered the realms of a book claiming to explore the discipline of Project Management in the healthcare environment. The intrigue began…

The Strategic Project Office

Authors: J. Kent Crawford
Publisher: CRC Press

Looking at what the differences are and the reasons the author gives to republish this as a second edition may be a good place to start to try and understand what changes have taken place in the arena over this period. In the preface the author suggests, I would say rightly that sound project management of individual projects is no longer enough.

Business Driven PMO Setup: Practical Insights, Techniques and Case Examples for Ensuring Success

Authors: Mark Price Perry
Publisher: Roundhouse

I attended a PMO Workshop in February 2011 where Mark Price Perry was delivering a workshop based on this book. If you’re looking for pragmatic practical advice on all things PMO this book is for you. Books like P3O are great for theoretical content however it lacks the practical aspects of setting up and running a PMO structure – especially in a business driven (read private sector) world. I took a lot of new things away with me from this book – and that’s after 12 years in and around PMOs – a must read.

The Program Management Office Advantage

Authors: Lia Tjahjana, Paul Dwyer and Mohsin Habib
Publisher: Amacom

The Program Management Office Advantage is a new text which also brings something to the PMO table. Ideally it should be read alongside P3O if you’re a practitioner, or given to senior management if they prefer a business book that not only delivers an overview but also just enough depth to be useful in decision making.

Arras Book of the Month: December 2009

The Agile PMO

Authors: Michael Nir
Publisher: The Leadership Series

BOOK REVIEW: “This is not a heavyweight book – you can read it from cover to virtual cover in about half an hour. Although it doesn’t go into detail describing the ideal approach (which in any case would differ in the detail from organisation to organisation), for me just as much of the real value in this book comes from the examples of what not to do and how that leads to failure. Well worth the purchase price.”

Not PMO-In-A-Can

Authors: D. Andrew Buck
Publisher: Createspace

LINDSAY SCOTT’S REVIEW: “It’s a recommended read for anyone working in the area of PMO regardless of seniority or experience levels; I certainly learnt a lot, especially how general business management / practice impacts the PMO and how all PMOs need to understand business (not just programme and project management).”

A senior manager’s guide to managing benefits

Authors: Steven Jenner
Publisher: Stationery Office

BOOK REVIEW: “Buy lots of them (only £5.00), and distribute them wisely if you’re serious about managing benefits (and you should be, if you spend any money on projects in your organisation!).”

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.

Public-Sector Project Management

Authors: David Wirick
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

I think this book adds value to the PRINCE2 public sector project manager as it not only gets back to the basics of project management (the what and how of project management) and then applies them directly to the public sector environment.

Arras Book of the Month: November 2009

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.

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