Project Management

Lessons Learned in Implementing a PM Community of Practice

Dr. Andrew Makar is an IT program manager and is the author of the Microsoft Project Made Easy series. For more project management advice, visit the website TacticalProjectManagement.com.

As project managers, we all collect lessons learned. Implementing a successful community of practice is similar to implementing a small project with a charter, change management processes, communication strategies and deliverables. The following lessons learned are just a few helpful hints on successfully implementing a PM community of practice.
 
Lesson Learned 1: Start Small but Brainstorm Big
Recognizing the potential value a project management community of practice can provide is exciting. However, before the COP seeks to host a project management summit across the organization, they need to start small and continue to brainstorm big. A project management community of practice needs to provide tangible and applicable value to its membership in order to succeed and continue its growth. If the COP is just another set of bland presentations, its value can be quickly diminished.
 
Successful project management communities of practice start out small and grow through incremental steps and incremental successes. Emerging COPs will struggle with membership, leadership, goals and objectives, and will go through the same stages of team development phases including forming, storming, norming and eventually performing. By starting out small with practical lessons learned sessions or hosting a guest speaker, the project management COP can recognize its successes while …

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