The views expressed in this article are strictly those of Max Wideman.
The contents of the book under review are the copyright property of the author.
Published here September 2020

Introduction | Book Structure | What We Liked - In General
What We Liked - In Particular | Downside | Summary

Book Structure

The contents of this book are set out in a dual structure of six Parts, labeled "GAPS", plus a concluding Part 7, all of which contain 12 chapters plus an Appendix. The chapters and GAPS are:

GAP 1: Common Understanding



Understanding the Problem

GAP 2: Alignment between Corporate Goals and Projects



Creating and Maintaining Corporate Alignment

GAP 3: Engages Executive Sponsors



Challenges in Executive Sponsorship



A Model for Engaged Executive Sponsors

GAP 4: Adoption and Change Management



Adoption and Change Management



Organization Change Management and Projects

GAP 5: Effective Governance



Lean Project Governance



Value Driven PMOs

GAP 6: Project Leadership



Leadership's Relationship to Projects



The Project's Leadership Structure



Leadership Traits and Actions

PART 7: Pulling it all Together



Filling the Six Gaps

Appendix A: Endnotes

Interestingly, a detailed list of "learning points" is included under the heading of each chapter in the table of Contents. That results in a Table of Contents of 9 pages.

Every chapter concludes with two brief summaries titled Project and Middle Manager Takeaway and Executive Takeaway. These are followed by three sets of questions under the general title of Applying These Concepts. These sets are Organization Wide Questions, Project and Middle Manager Centric Questions, and Executive Centric Questions.

The book has a total of 356 tightly packed pages with frequent illustrations throughout. Responses to the three sets of questions mentioned above are not answered in the book because they depend heavily on the relevant experiences of each respondent. The intent is for extensive discussion and exchange of ideas, views and experiences. Therefore, the book is best suited for presentation in a classroom setting to mature learners with relevant backgrounds.

Appendix A: Endnotes lists the copious references quoted in each chapter. The book does not have a Glossary of Terms.

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