• Publisher


  • Date of

    March 27, 2018

  • Book size

    336 pages

  • Format

    Hardcover & Kindle


About the book

“The DNA of Strategy Execution: Next Generation Project Management and PMO” by Jack Duggal presents new insights on age-old management challenges and sheds light on better ways to organize and manage in an increasingly DANCE-world (Dynamic. Ambiguous. Non-Linear. Complex. Emergent). It puts the management DNA under the microscope, and demonstrates how to develop, establish, and transform organizational project management and PMO capabilities essential for effective strategy execution. The book provides a framework to measure what matters with a step-by-step approach to define and measure success and business value.

Whether you are a part of a startup, or an established incumbent organization, the impact of digitization and disruption requires a rethink and reset of how we organize and manage. This book offers a playbook for effective strategy execution with next-generation Project, Program and PMO capabilities.

AIPMO Review

Rating: 7.5 – This book presents a fresh perspective on Project Management Offices (PMOs) through a strategic lens, using what is termed the “DNA” of management—strategy, execution, governance, measure, connect, learn, and change. The author employs the DANCE acronym to expand upon the traditional VUCA model, embracing a dynamic, ambiguous, nonlinear, complex, and emergent business environment. These frameworks underpin a comprehensive view of the interplay between project management and PMOs. The book has a professional and clear design, making it easy to navigate. However, some readers may find it lacking in color and overly reliant on tables, which could reduce its appeal to a modern audience seeking visually engaging content. It boasts of readability due to clear and concise language, well-structured chapters, and strategic use of graphs and tables, which, along with leading questions at the start of each chapter, aid in demystifying complex theories and encouraging interactive learning. 

The content is relevant across industries, enhancing its applicability. Each chapter operationalizes the concept of PMO’s “DNA,” providing detailed explanations and actionable steps for improvement. Real-life examples, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Thermo King, are used to ground theoretical concepts, although there is a noted lack of detailed case studies that fully utilize the DNA model for PMO, which leaves a gap in demonstrating comprehensive PMO concepts. The book’s approach is not prescriptive; rather, it aims to inspire adaptation and innovation in PMO practices, tailoring to the specific needs of an organization rather than offering a one-size-fits-all solution. While it provides a challenge and vision for experienced PMO and Project Management leaders, it may not be exhaustive for those looking to create or overhaul a PMO, indicating a potential need for more detailed information on PMO services. 

Authored by Jack Duggal, an internationally recognized strategy execution and PMO expert, the book is suited for senior managers and seasoned professionals, providing a strategic and forward-thinking look at PMOs. Each chapter is supplemented with an extensive bibliography, emphasizing the author’s extensive research and grounding in the field. In summary, the book is a significant contribution to PMO literature, offering novel insights and a holistic approach to strategy execution, resonating with the complexities of modern business environments. However, its practicality is somewhat limited by the absence of a clear implementation roadmap and detailed service descriptions. Despite these shortcomings, the book’s unique integration of broad management principles within the PMO context makes it a noteworthy read for those interested in the strategic aspects of PMO/project management.

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