OPM: Getting from 'Here' to 'There'

Craig is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has worked with ProjectManagement.com for the last six years developing the various HEADWAY processes (Project, Change and Portfolio). He has hosted a series of webinars and is a business intelligence subject matter expert.

Organizational project management is an approach that can provide organizations with the perspective necessary to understand the importance of portfolio, program and project management to successfully deliver on the corporate strategy. The key challenge to organizational PM is that companies tend to view projects in isolation by ignoring the obvious (and sometimes not-so-obvious) linkages. The following are a list of factors that need to be in place to ensure the organization can begin to not just benefit from the discipline of project management, but also maximize the benefits that organizational PM can provide.

First, organizations need to realize and accept that they manage projects. Such a simple idea, but a surprising number of organizations fail to realize this fact (let alone accept it). If an organization does not recognize this fact, it will have a hard time meeting its strategic goals and objectives. Too many organizations simply do not view projects as work that needs to be formally managed using project management. In these organizations, projects are often referred to as initiatives, tasks, programs, ideas, strategies, tasks, work or simply “stuff” (think of George Carlin’s famous comedy routine).

Regardless of what they are called, they are simply not treated as work that creates a unique result, that has defined start and end dates, …

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