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An Enterprise Approach to Project Management

In todayís global market companies, regardless of industry and size, are looking to improve their systems and processes to become more competitive.  One way they are attempting to do this is by establishing project management as a core competency throughout the organization.  By setting up standardized procedures within the company, they hope to learn from past mistakes, make processes more efficient, and develop peopleís skills and talent to work more effectively.


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Assessing Project Management Knowledge & Skills

Determining the current conditions is required on any project that involves introducing a change that will impact people across the organization especially if it affects the way they do their work. Clearly documenting the current conditions establishes a baseline, which is a prerequisite to estimating the effort that will be required to achieve the changes.  Determining the effort is accomplished by measuring the gap between the AS IS (current conditions) and the TO BE (future conditions).  The ability to measure progress towards achieving the change is dependent on having a clear understanding of baseline conditions. 


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Effective Project Portfolio Management Ė Understanding Capacity & Capability

Most organizations determine their capacity and capability to produce the goods or services with a relative amount of confidence. However, estimating their capacity and capability to manage work in the form of projects is another issue altogether.


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The Four Key Elements to Institutionalizing Project Management Enterprise-wide

The key to successfully executing project management best practices across an organization depends on implanting the four functions that are key elements for institutionalizing project management as a business function.


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Overcoming Resistance to Project Management Within the Organization

Asking people to change the way work is done typically meets with some form of resistance.  Establishing project management practices is a good example of that type of change.  Establishing the value of project management is the necessary first step in overcoming such resistance.


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Project Management Is A Business Function

Project management has the greatest impact on a customerís recognition of an organization as a world-in-class leader in time-to-market, cost-to-market, and quality-to-market within in their respective list of suppliers.  Meeting and exceeding customer expectations by completing projects successfully on a consistent basis is the basis for receiving excellence awards from most customers.  This is the goal of every successful 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 isnít a project, and what is required to complete them to the customerís satisfaction.


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Project Management Maturity Takes Time

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines maturity as "having reached full natural growth or development; having reached a desired or final condition of, relating to, or characteristic of full development, either mental or physical. Based on this definition, it is safe to say that organizations have the ability to mature in terms of their knowledge, skills, and capability as time progresses. In the process of maturing, organizations and individuals either gain or lose ground, but they never stand still.


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Managing Organizations By Projects With The Missing Piece

Managing Organizations By Projects (MOBP) is a philosophical way to look at how work is done in an organization, both inside of and outside of projects, from a new perspective.  MOBP is a strategy, not a process.  MOBP is the adoption of project management disciplines and practices as a means to complete work and projects.