Concluding Remarks

Strategic planning for project management, combined with a good project management methodology, can compress the gaps on time, cost, and quality. However, there are still critical decisions that must be made. Marketing must decide what products to offer and which markets to serve. The information systems people must assist in the design, development, and/or selection of support systems. And senior management must provide sufficient and qualified resources.

Strategic planning for excellence in project management needs to consider all aspects of the company: from the working relationships among employees and managers and between staff and management, to the roles of the various players (especially the role of executive project sponsors), to the company's corporate structure and culture. Other aspects of project management must also be planned. Strategic planning is vital for every company's health. Effective strategic planning can mean the difference between long-term success and failure. Even career planning for individual project managers ultimately plays a part in a company's excellence, or its mediocrity, in project management. All of these subjects are discussed in the following chapters.

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