Project Management

Strategic planning for project management is the development of a standard methodology for project management, a methodology that can be used over and over again, and that will produce a high likelihood of achieving the project's objectives. Although strategic planning for the methodology and execution of the methodology does not guarantee profits or success, it does improve the chances of success.

One primary advantage of developing an implementation methodology is that it provides the organization with a consistency of action. As the number of interrelated functional units in organizations has increased, so have the benefits from the integrating direction afforded by the project management implementation process.

Methodologies need not be complex. Figure 3-1 shows the "skeleton" for the development of a simple project management methodology. The methodology begins with a project definition process, which is broken down into a technical baseline, a functional or management baseline, and a financial baseline. The technical baseline includes, at a minimum:

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