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An organization without Project Managers usually ends up in a situation with no progress on growing business or going down eventually, my previous company is an example. The company was restructured by the new CEO & COO who joined the company early last year, they decided to reorganize the whole company's organizational structure by dismissing all Project Managers & Project Engineers, instead they distributed the PM's responsibilitied to all different functional departments. It resulted in the company's sales revenue was only half of the year before last year. One big reason I believe is because no one takes the responsibilities of delivering the jobs on time and within the budget.
The only reason for me appling for the pmp exams at 52 years after 32 years of believe you me "expertise and knowledge" in the industry was to up my game so i studied and have my diplomas in project management and operations management.Guess what this was not enough until i was introduced to the pmi institute and i am so glad that i did cause it is the beginning of a whole new environment and i am simply loving it and instinct tells me that i can be such an addition to the project environment out there cause it is certainly the most important and imperitive in every enterprise, business or organisation out there.
Project are always there into the organizations. What you could not find is an explicit way to run them or if you find an explicit way could not be like PMBOK Guide. But projects are always there. For example I have participated inside the started up of some companies that today are top 5 companies in the world and when the copany is in the first step (growth) forget about to talk about project management and not matter that you can find that knowledge areas inside the PMBOK guide are in place.
I agree with Sergio, however, the necessity of having a full-time project manager is another story. Every organization does need to run various projects, whether in its field of operation or not
As Sergio pointed out, projects are everywhere within an organization; regardless of it being an improvement measure that is being implemented, or an end product for an external customer. Many times there are SME's that will act as a Project Leader/Project Manager.
This is fine with me, however; my concern is that an organization has a lack of project structure and workflow to which there is no project control. Without the control, regardless of the result, an organization will lose financially.
It is possible to survive without projects, but the question is for how long.
Continuous improvement can make incremental changes over time and sometimes some large improvements may be found. If a company begins as very inefficient, this improvement might be sustained for some time, but eventually will tend to taper off.
In order to make a step-function change to a higher level, or react to a major disruption such as a market or supply base change, a significant investment of time and money is required. This is where projects become necessary. They may not be called projects or managed the PMI way as others have stated, but they are projects regardless.
If a company or organization is unwilling to make a significant investment to either proactively or reactively change, then their life expectancy is severely limited.
There is a natural evolution in the organizations and in the global business. The question is not if the company has projects or not. The question should be who the projects can add value to the strategic goals of the company and if it is fully commitment to adopt project culture.
Well without a project manager the objectives are not achieved and if they do are not on time, or with the define budget, and what they really need. (Personal experience).
There will always be projects in organizations, and therefore someone running the project, whether or not they call that person a "project manager".
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