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Project management has become a key skill in these times of great change. However there is a difference between employing a few good project managers and building a complete project management competency for the whole organisation. Good project managers can battle against all odds and still deliver, but at great cost to individuals. Projects in organisations which embrace and support project management are delivered with less drama and disruption.
I was assigned to be the change agent for improving project management in a business unit.
I used a classic change management model. I developed a high-level vision, secured the buy-in of the executive team then set up a stakeholder group. This group included sales and account management, procurement and finance people, as well as project managers and professional services leaders. At the time there were two entirely different delivery groups with their own distinct and different project management approaches, the first task was to get everyone to buy into the advantages of a single common project management framework.
The stakeholder group developed goals and objectives. To meet them we developed outline programs, and then selected the critical and quick payback projects, such as: