Book Review: Performance-Based Project Management

PM World Book Review

pmwj23-jun2014-Gan-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Performance-Based Project Management
Author:  Glen B. Alleman
Publisher:  AMACOM
List Price:   US$27.95

Format:  Hard cover; 238 of pages
Publication Date:   2014
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3330-0
Reviewer:      Johnny Gan, PMP
Review Date:              April, 2014

Introduction to the Book

What’s Performance-Based Project Management? We all know that managing a project isn’t a linear progression from start to end, and sometimes your customers could change their minds or not know exactly what they want to begin with. Any unexpected factors can cause your project losing the way in the forest easily.

“To achieve the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”

President John Kennedy, May 15, 1961

This statement is very good example of Five Immutable Principles of successful project management, which will be introduced in this book: Performance-Based Project Management. This book is about successfully managing projects based on your early processes, but with the added concept of “capabilities”. For all projects, a set of “capability” statements is the starting point of describing what “done” looks like. In another word, Performance-based Project Management is knowing what you can do, what can be done, and how it can be done.

The book’s author, Glen B. Allman has more than 30 years of experience as a program manager and performance management consultant in the aerospace, defense, and enterprise information technology fields. This book is the result of his cumulative experience, and brings you safe advice in an easy-to-swallow style. You will learn from this book about Five Immutable Principles, Five Immutable Practices, and Five Governing Processes, which can help you to increase the probability of a project’s success.



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