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Finding a Completion Date

Finding a Completion Date

"If we begin our Integrated PM journey, then we will gain increases in project performance, but we will need to define the scope of the Integrated PM System, and determine a completion date."

There's a cartoon, like the one above, that's probably posted in every auto mechanic's garage on the planet. In the cartoon, there's a bunch of people rolling around laughing uncontrollably. Above all this mayhem is the caption, "You want it when?" Of course, as an Integrated PM System project manager, you can't take that same approach, but a reasonable deadline must be enforced.

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Engagement Project Management

Engagement Project Management

"If we utilize account based sales, then we need to include sales and marketing into our engagement projects, but this means we need to look at our projects as holistic systems if we expect to maximize project performance."

With project management now viewed as a strategic competency, it is natural for companies that wish to compete in a global marketplace to be strong believers in engagement project management or engagement selling. Either way this is just another discipline of Integrated PM. As you scope out your Integrated PM system, this may or may not be a needed discipline.

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Project Management Methodology and Frameworks

Project Management Methodology and Frameworks

“If I standardize our project team’s templates, then I can gain efficiencies that lead to cost reductions and increases in perceived value, but to call it a quagmire of standards, frameworks, and methodologies is an understatement.”

Most companies seem to recognize the need for one or more project management methodologies but either create the wrong methodologies, or misuse the methodologies that have been created. To avoid this I recommend to my clients a Performance Measure framework. But before I get into that, I’d like to provide a few lists that might help with methodology discussions.

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Defining the Project Management Life Cycle Stages

Defining the Project Management Life Cycle Stages

"If I use standard project life cycle stages, then the organization will have a common language and reporting, but the typical PMI stages don’t align well with our projects."

IT project management is different from managing any other project you may have worked on in the past, yet it has many things in common. The point is that the project management life cycle is very different from project type to project type.

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Project Management: Governance & Approvals

Project Management: Governance & Approvals

“If I want to have a focused project with a uniform approval process, then I need to have strong governance principles, but I am not sure how to build a foundation of good governing practices.”

When I hear, someone mention the term “governance,” I automatically think about men in powdered wigs standing around shouting at each other. I can’t really tell you why my brain automatically goes to the 18th century, but the term, governance, nevertheless speaks to the same set of policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities that define an establishment, a government governs their people.

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A Coordinated Project Manager

A Coordinated Project Manager

“If I become a project manager, then I am responsible for the success of the project, but I am only one person and there is a lot of things to do.”

When I was younger I never said, I want to be a project manager. I doubt very many teachers hear a child mention “project management.” There are the unique few that make the declaration and seek out a career in project management, but that is only after some research or encountering a PM professional.

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