Item description for Program Management Professional (PgMP): A Certification Study Guide With Best Practices for Maximizing Business Results by Craig J. Letavec...
Businesses expect significant technology advances that will drive growth and profitability. IT initiatives are becoming more complex taking the form of 'programs' that consist of multiple related 'projects.' Becoming a credentialed PgMP is a logical step after achieving PMP because it provides the critical processes and tools needed to manage the broader complexities of program management. This guide will help you master these complexities and achieve certification. -Allan Lubitz, Senior Vice President and CIO, Option One
This manual, developed by three leading program management experts experienced at helping practitioners achieve professional certifications, provides the guidance needed to prepare for and pass the new Program Management Professional (PgMP) Certification Exam administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Much more than your typical exam preparation guide, this team of best-selling authors designed this text to also serve as a valuable desk reference filled with proven best practices and advanced processes and techniques with tips to help you perform at the highest levels of execution as a program manager.
-Provides a holistic view of program management that is aligned with program management standards -Employs proven learning and exam preparation techniques and provides the guidance needed to successfully achieve PgMP certification -Includes a chapter devoted exclusively to developing your personal certification roadmap and study plan -Presents a practical, integrated program management framework that includes advanced practices in organizational governance and execution management -WAV Offers free downloadable study aids and program management tools and templates, available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7.5" Height: 9" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 17, 2007
Publisher J. Ross Publishing
ISBN 193215986X ISBN13 9781932159868
Reviews - What do customers think about Program Management Professional (PgMP): A Certification Study Guide With Best Practices for Maximizing Business Results?
Worth keeping around Aug 19, 2008
I bought several PgMP exam and program management books and this is the only one that I keep on my desk and consistently refer back to. It's a great reference book.
Great Program Management reference Aug 4, 2008
As a disclaimer, I use and advocate Steve Rollins' portfolio management text [co-authored with Gerry Kendall]. As a result I might have tended to expect more out of this book than others on the market, rather than really accounting for the fact that the PGMP test has not been around very long. That's why Rita Mulcahey, who guarantees results, hasn't got a PGMP course out yet, which should tell you something right there.
As a program managers' guide this is an excellent book and provides some nice templates and ideas. It provides a bit more emphasis on the "soft side" skills and more coherent examples than most texts are able to work in. Of the program managers' guides on the market as of July 2008, this is the one you want near your desk.
As a PGMP study guide, which is after all its primary title, you will find this text problematic, because you will have the idea that the exam will follow some predictable course. This text is quite difficult to map to the PMI program management standard or to PMI's exam structure specification guide. However -- so is the exam! After taking the exam, I can report that if your study model is the PMP exam, with its rigid focus on what processes are sub-sets of other process, then you are going to be wasting a whole lot of time.
This book's examples and sample questions are by far the closest of the several texts I used, in both content and spirit, to what I found on the PGMP exam. The rest of the book is not particularly tied to the exam content; it tries to thread the needle between exam-focused material and useful operational material. Its bias in that effort is toward practical material, which makes it quite useful for a practicing PGMO, particularly where there isn't much institutional experience, and I would recommend it for that purpose much more than simply as an exam crammer (which I would argue was the authors' intent in any case).
So, if you're going to invest in a pre-exam reader, you might as well get this one so you can get an idea of what the questions might look like. Content-wise, it won't increase your fact-knowledge much, but going into such a horrifically expensive exam completely cold seems foolhardy. But the exam is not about the PMI standard - it is a whole lot of mini-scenarios, some of which are somewhat realistic and some are very contrived. If you are even thinking about spending this kind of time and money to take this exam, you can probably pick out enough of the obvious school-solution answers to get to 50% and your experience will take you the rest of the way. If you don't have that experience, or even if you do then if you aren't a good test-taker, you're not going to enjoy this exam no matter what books you read.
Pretty Much Useless: An Example of Nothingness Jun 11, 2008
This book does not have much material in it relevant to passing the PgMP exam. Also, there are lots of incompatibilities with the Standard and it has a dry and confusing presentation style, and is TOO brief...each topic ends before it really begins. Not very readable book... I took the exam and this book's role in helping me pass the exam was almost ZERO. The exam is a totally different beast, different from this book. My recommendation is that just read the Program Management Standard and perhaps Rita's book on PMP because they are more readable and more helpful for the exam than this book. Mostly, it's your experience that will help you in the exam.
One of three program management books to buy Mar 30, 2008
This is a great book but in my opinion there is no single book that is going to provide everything you need to know about program management. Since there is no published list of recommended reading for new program managers or PgMP candidates, here is mine:
First, buy the PMI Standard for Program Management so that you have the official way of performing program management according to the Project Management Institute.
Next, buy the Handbook of Program Management by James Brown. This book really helped me to transition from the theory of the PMI standard (which contains no detail on how to do anything) to the next level of detail. It is a great resource but doesn't cover everything that is contained in the PMI standard.
Then, buy this book as your advanced reference and PgMP guide to round everything out. It has good coverage of the PMI material and provides advanced topics not covered in depth in James Brown's book but still very important for success in program management. It also has practical guidance on how to prepare for the PgMP exam if you are studying for that.
I almost bought the PgMP exam specification as well, but this book has a lot of it reproduced already so I decided to save some money.
These three books together are my PgMP study plan and are also what we're using in my company's Program Management Professional study group.
One criticism of this book is that the "case studies" that are presented are pretty simple (almost an afterthought). But from a content and learning perspective, this is not a distraction.
Great reference for the PgMP and program management Mar 27, 2008
Well written, well organized, great content, focused on the PgMP and practical program management. It's a bit pricey but well worth it.