Considerations for Methodology Rollout

Some project methodologies focus purely on the technology itself (e.g., Siebel software, SAP, Oracle), while others focus more on a generic project management approach. You must carefully consider the methodology to use based on the organizational requirements. For example, if you were in the business to build space vehicle systems, you would not be using a Siebel project methodology, but rather a NASA project methodology. A project manager must consider many important aspects before implementing the new methodology. Some preplanning activities that need to be performed before you commence with any methodology implementation include:

Conduct an assessment to understand the organization's current processes, including its strengths and weaknesses.

Prepare tools and attach templates to support those processes.

Prepare and implement a rollout and support plan for the new processes.

Train program managers, project managers, and team members.

Mentor program managers, project managers, and team members.

Keep in mind that new processes change the way you work. The key to success in adopting these processes is the manner in which you introduce and deploy them.

Be sure to set a realistic implementation timetable. Project or development methodologies can often spiral when it comes to implementation, if the go-live schedule itself is unrealistic and false expectations are set. Prevailing assumptions about how long methodology deployment should take is sometimes way off base.

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