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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wisdom and Projects

Albert Einstein said "A clever person solves a problem; a wise person avoids it". After reading this quote, it reminded me that project managers spend a lot of time (or should be) avoiding problems. One thing that can help project managers avoid problems is to follow a Project Management Methodology (PMM). A PMM is a set of agreed-upon processes that assists project managers and  teams to deliver predictable project outcomes.

To create a customized PMM for your organization you need to define all applicable project management processes, procedures and policies used to deliver your organization's projects. Also, don't forget to develop or obtain a set of project templates as they are an important part of any PMM.  Finally, you need to develop a training program to introduce and educate your organization about the new PMM.

Once your PMM is implemented ensure you measure the results and make adjustments where necessary. If you need help in developing your PMM there are many companies that can assist you and your organization.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I am extremely glad to see a bigger emphasis on the importance of anticipating and countering potential issues before they evince. I remember reading an analysis of the six steps of dealing with project risks from PMBOK on a blog entitled Fear No Project, and the author mentioned that since identifying risks is just not as practical sometimes, we should concentrate on the other five tasks. For me, if this one step is taken as seriously as it should, then the need for the other ones would be greatly reduced as you have stated above as well.

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