Project Management as a Business Function

Project management has the greatest impact on a customer's recognition of an organization as a world-class leader in time-to-market, cost-to-market, and quality-to-market. Completing projects successfully on a consistent basis is a basic requirement to receive excellence awards from most customers. This is the goal of every organization. If projects are an integral part of the business, it stands to reason that there should be a clear understanding of what is and isn't a project, and what is...

Four Key PMCoE Elements

We believe the key to successfully executing project management best practices across an organization depends on implanting the four functions that are the key elements of an effective Project Management Center of Excellence. Table 2-2. Authorization Task Force Team Scope Purpose Establish a project authorization process to ensure the uses of resources are in alignment with corporate strategic goals and objectives. It addresses the following issues Project portfolio management Master planning...

Hosin Kanri

The following information about the origins of hoshin kanri was extracted from the Hoshin Handbook, Second Edition (ISBN 0-96518610-5) written by Pete Babich, President, Total Quality Engineering, Inc. (http www.tqe.com) and reprinted here with his permission. Hoshin kanri was developed in Japan to communicate company policy to everyone in the organization. Hoshin's primary benefit is to focus activity on the key things necessary for success. Japanese Deming Prize winners credit hoshin as being...

Project Change Control Process

The purpose of the change control process is to identify, record, analyze, track, approve, and implement project change requests. The following templates are used during this phase of the project. Table 12-3a lists the templates used during this process. Figure 12-3 shows the process flow diagram, Table 12-3b shows the process step description, and Table 12-3c contains the RRAA matrix. An example of the metrics tracking template can be found in Appendix B. Note Metrics tracking is associated...

The Internal Project Management Certification Program

In 1984 the Project Management Institute (PMI) began a certification program for certifying project managers with the designation of Project Management Professional (PMP ). This certification is recognized by organizations worldwide as a respected credential, the first such program of its kind to achieved ISO-9000 certification. An increasing number of organizations use the PMP as a baseline requirement for assigning or hiring project managers to manage projects of any significance. Many of...