Direct Efforts to Improve Organizational Culture

We developed a plan, including issues like these Find projects that have a positive bottom-line impact on the corporation. Use proven project management principles. Determine and nurture individuals who already support project management. Learn to thrive in a political environment. Become comfortable communicating with senior executives. The main improvements focused on two areas first, that people use the PMO's services, and second, that all members of the management team be trained in...

Recommendations

Executives need to know what project management means and that well-managed projects have a big business impact. Organize sessions for executives help them get the training they need. Start with short sessions (two to three hours long), and create project management awareness. Speak the language that management understands. Assess the environment, and be conscious of other patterns and values in the organization. Define a glossary of PM terms for managers. This takes time but is very...

Project Manager

The project manager is the person responsible for getting things done. He or she requires a proactive relationship with the project sponsor and acts at all times as the one person responsible for the project. Good project managers need to develop key skills in a number of important areas Leadership The project manager leads the team in the use of project management methodology. Business judgment The project manager demonstrates sound business judgment in managing all aspects of a project. The...

Acting as a Team

The project steering committee includes representatives of corporate clients, the project sponsor or sponsors, the business owner or owners, and sometimes the project manager. Usually, the members of the steering committee are not directly responsible for managing project activities but provide support and guidance for those who do. Upper managers through their roles on a steering committee can model desired organizational behaviors with regard to teamwork by demonstrating how teams collaborate...

Review Questionnaire

One of the project sponsor's roles is to verify not only that the project manager is managing the project properly but also that the manager is doing the right tasks that contribute to project and organization success. Figure 3.5 may be used by the project sponsor as a questionnaire or reminder that key elements of proactive sponsorship are being considered and executed. needs to take ownership. Plan to actively follow through after project deliverables have been produced to ensure that the end...