The Importance of a Healthy Community Within Your Project Organization

PMI Chicagoland Chapter

George Freeman, PMP, is a seasoned IT project manager and leader who has worked in the software industry for nearly four decades, including over 25 years of project management. He has significant experience and expertise in enterprise information systems, data, and business architectures, and is an advocate for “business and technical architectural awareness” among all project team members. Mr. Freeman has international and remote team experience, and has a passion for meta-modeling, domain-driven design, and “all things architecture.”

There is no shortage of guidance on the subject of organizational structures within project management, whether they be functional, project-based, matrix or hybrid in form. The guidance normally addresses maturity levels, governance and the traditional view of roles and responsibilities, among other topics.

However, as is my practice, we are going to explore an alternative viewpoint—one that compliments the traditional views by exposing a value-added dynamic that can elevate the performance of your organization.

With that said, let me present to you the following question: Do you have a healthy community within your project organization?

“A healthy community?” you ask. “What type of ridiculous question is that?! I work with people, they work with me, and we accomplish things together, so yeah, we are a community.”

Well, that’s not exactly where I was going with the question, so let’s take one step back and look at an archetype of a healthy project-based community.

A project community archetype
When I think of a healthy project community, I think of ProjectManagement.com, where diversity meets collaboration that strengthens and supports its members. Is that a biased plug for this community? Yes, it is…but it is also my case and point. A community needs diversity of character to be healthy; otherwise, the full life-…


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