White Paper Library

Learn how the strategic and committed use project, program and portfolio management supports greater success for organizations.

IBM: Keys to Building a Successful Enterprise Project Management Office pdf icon

This white paper looks at the development of IBM’s Project Management Center of Excellence (PM/COE), a formal Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO), and how the PM/COE has transformed the organization into a project-based enterprise by raising project management to a core competency.

The PM/COE establishes and drives a consistent career infrastructure, a common methodology based on industry standards, and supportive project management enablers including processes, tools, and measurement systems. It also develops and supports IBM’s community of knowledgeable project practitioners.

Global Dynamics of Innovation and Project Management pdf icon

This PMI report looks at key innovation developments in established and emerging markets around the world. We examine the dynamics of innovation in today’s business environment and the challenges these dynamics present. Lastly, we integrate the implications for project management.

IT Shift: From Technical Support to Business pdf icon

IT is undergoing a massive transformation – sparking big changes in the way businesses think about their technology project investments. Spurred by economic and strategic shifts, today’s IT leaders and their teams are relying on solid project management to ensure their projects drive profits, increase business efficiencies and help organizations achieve their strategic goals.

See how organizations such as Beam Inc., Russona Consulting, Advantage Sales and Marketing, and Lingo24 include IT leadership as an integral part of the overall portfolio planning process.

The Project Management Office: In Sync with Strategy pdf icon

The project management office (PMO) is easing its way into the mainstream. Yet to be truly effective, PMOs must reflect the organizational culture and strategy – or risk being dismissed as an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy. Those within the profession see a clear ROI and are increasingly implementing PMOs. Those companies are reaping benefits – more projects are coming in on time, on budget and meeting business goals compared to those without a PMO.

See how organizations such as State Auto and the National Cancer Institute are reaping the benefits of having a PMO.

The Value of Project Management pdf icon

Organizations turn to project management to deliver results consistently, reduce costs, increase efficiencies and improve customer and stakeholder satisfaction.

Strong, organization-wide commitment to project management yields long-term business value and competitive advantage.

See how DirecTV, Intel and SunCorp-Metway use project management to achieve business value.

Real World Risk Management pdf icon

When organizations don’t understand risk scenarios, their entire project portfolio is left exposed. Whether it’s a technical failure halfway around the world or a hurricane bearing down on their project site, project executives must be aware of — and prepared for — dangers both large and small.

See how organizations such as Rovi Corp. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention manage risk.

Executive Engagement: The Role of the Sponsor pdf icon

In some organizations, the term “project sponsor” conjures up the image of a disconnected executive whose main responsibility is to secure the project funds and then come in for the victory lap when it is all over. But an engaged executive sponsor — with a vested business interest in the project from kickoff to close — can mean the difference between success and failure.

Minding the Gap pdf icon

Generations are colliding in project management — and smart organizations recognize the value of both new and experienced project professionals.

To reduce conflicts that can arise between workers of different generations, organizations should foster vigorous collaboration. The practice of sharing lessons learned can capitalize on the strengths of each group.

The committed use of standards, processes and tools will support consistent results from project professionals of all ages.

Project Management Helps Virtualization Deliver pdf icon

The opportunity to reduce energy costs, infrastructure and associated resource needs has inspired a global trend toward virtualization of projects and programs. But if virtualization is to truly help organizations achieve strategic goals, project management must play an integral role.

See how The Knot, SoluSoft and the State of Michigan are using project management to increase virtualization to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.

Cloud Computing: The New Strategic Weapon pdf icon

Every executive has heard the pitch for cloud computing, including the storied accounts of the huge savings that come with the technology. But unless project leaders focus on establishing the strategic value and long-term measures of success, these investments will fail to deliver the expected ROI.

The Bottom Line on Sustainability pdf icon

A new global paradigm all but mandates organizations integrate sustainability efforts into every facet of their business. By making sustainability a required and measured part of project management practices, organizations also deliver environmental, social and financial benefits to the business.

See examples of sustainability in action with such organizations as L’Oreal, Fujitsu and Herman Miller.

Executive Guide to Project Management

See why executives praise the use of project management not only to improve projects, but to improve the overall welfare of an organization.