RISK

The successful completion of Level 3 is accompanied by a high degree of difficulty. Culture shock may result. The time period to complete Level 3 is measured in years, based upon such factors as:

• The speed at which the culture will change

• The acceptance of informal project management

• The acceptance of a singular methodology

The greatest degree of risk in project management is attributed to the corporate culture. Poorly designed methodologies can convert a good, cooperative culture into a combative culture.

If an organization develops a singular methodology, then the organization should strive for a corporate-wide acceptance of that methodology. If the methodology is accepted and used only in "pockets of interest," then a fragmented culture will occur. Fragmented cultures generally do not allow the organization to maximize the benefits of project management.

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