Overview

Successful implementation of any project methodology is a project itself. The hard part is to roll it out and make it part of the company's everyday culture. You cannot get everyone to start using the new methodology by simply attaching a few wall charts of the project methodology to cubicle walls and expect results. It could in fact take many months to implement a full-blown project methodology. Many project life cycles require the following:

Automation and workflow.

Ease of use.

Proper methodology documentation.

Acceptance by the entire organization.

There are a dozen consulting and boutique firms that offer to implement project methodologies ranging from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand dollars into an organization. Unfortunately, few ever take the greater organization and its processes into account. This book should provide you with enough information so that you can successfully deploy any methodology yourself.

One of the first steps in implementing a project methodology is good planning. Questions that need to be considered before implementing the required project or development methodologies include:

Will we get the best value for the money from this methodology?

How do we build project competencies?

Are the appropriate project management processes and practices in place?

Have we chosen the correct project methodology?

Is it flexible enough to do any size of project?

How does our organization learn and continuously improve from this methodology?

Are we able to measure the project benefits? How do we know this?

Are we getting optimum productivity throughout the life cycle?

Some modesty is necessary before attempting any methodology implementation. Who can speak authoritatively on all the issues that are of concern in the implementation of project methodologies?

The only thing that really distinguishes projects from non-projects is the project life cycle. To develop a broad understanding of the generic discipline of the management of projects, both project managers and executives should address the broad range of issues affecting all stages of the life cycle in all kinds of projects. This is certainly a tough challenge: It requires a substantial breadth of analysis and understanding. Maintaining a coherent conceptual view of the discipline at this broader level is genuinely difficult (see Figure 5.1).

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Figure 5.1: Project structure and composition.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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