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Introducing Project Management

01 October 2007

Introducing Online Project Management

When a PMO is ready to introduce Best Practices, it is necessary to perform an assessment to show how much benefit the effort will provide, and what the return on investment (ROI) will be. Some improvements are worth doing, others are not worth the cost. But what is always true is that the effort to continuously improve is worthwhile. There are two reasons for this:

  1. Even if an organization achieves excellence, the moment it stops, there is a loss of momentum, and a tendency to backslide. It is actually easier to convince an organization to improve than it is to convince an organization to merely maintain current levels of effectiveness.
  2. When the PMO stops improving, other parts of the company, and the company's competitors, probably won't stop. As a result, the PMO is no longer the best place to go for Best Practices, and it can be seen as less significant. This leads to a loss of influence, which leads to a loss of support from the organization.

The PMO should make itself expert in the process of implementing Best Practices, either through training, retention of a consultant, or hiring of an expert. It should then assess Best Practices from project management standards, industry standards, other companies, and within the company itself. Once it has done this, the PMO can lay out a course of revising the methodology to include Best Practices, and a process of continuously improving the project management methodology as practices improve. These are the topics of the next two sections.


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