A step-by-step guideline for introducing new project management procedures to an organization and developing related PM skills to improve project performance as quickly as possible.
What this is
A step-by-step guideline for how to develop and introduce project management practices to an organization. Provides a sequence for implementing critical new project management procedures quickly and effectively, and creating an environment that kick-starts and supports ongoing project management skills development. Deals with typical challenges such as creating truly "value add" procedures (not bureaucracy!), getting new procedures into use quickly to benefit current projects, spreading the approaches to multiple projects quickly, and developing project management skills widely, even among inexperienced project managers.
Why it's useful
Companies implement project management procedures and develop related skills in their personnel in order to improve project performance and thereby achieve critical business objectives. An important goal is to do so in such a way that the organization gets value from its project management processes as quickly as possible while also laying a foundation for long-term consistent project performance.
How to use it
Read this guideline to understand how you can introduce key PM techniques quickly for new projects or projects already in progress. Identify projects which should receive immediate attention using those techniques. Consider also how you'll document the elements that should become part of your organization's project management procedures.
Also consider the "skills and experience" state of your current project management staff—whether "titled" dedicated project managers, or other staff such as technical team members that you are pressing into duty as de facto project managers. Identify approaches you should use to develop their skills and PM knowledge.
Finally, plan your project management procedure and skills development as a project. Set a timeline with specific goals for implementing the techniques in this guideline.
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