Organizations that use a methodology can focus more on the important tasks of leading, innovating and delivering products and services, while at the same time improving efficiency and performance. We define a methodology as a set of customized project management processes to fit objectives, practices and environments.
A methodology usually incorporates and integrates:
- Knowledge about how the organization conducts its business, including requirements and processes.
- Key aspects of culture and capabilities, as well as environment, industry sector and operational context.
- Proven, recognized good practices or techniques and approaches such as those found in the PMBOK® Guide and other PMI standards.
A methodology provides consistency for both project managers and team members. Common tools, templates and other resources help project managers meet goals and team members better understand their roles and contributions.
Resources on methodology
This paper proposes an approach for organizational project management methodology deployment, integration, and sustainment based on guidance in Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide and Implementing Organizational Project Management: A Practice Guide. By Emad E. Aziz, PMP, PgMP
The journey to improved Organizational Project Management maturity must begin with answering a few key questions. By Joseph A. Sopko, PMP, MSP, OPM3 Certified Professional
This paper builds upon Organizational project management: Why build and improve? and explores the structure of an OPM improvement program. By Joseph A. Sopko, MSP, OPM3 Certified Professional, PMP
Three approved American National Standards, developed by PMI, can create significant efficiencies within and across agencies, as well as with industry. By John D. Driessnack
The sharing of relevant information is crucial to the success of organizational project management (OPM). By initiating a mentoring program, organizations can accomplish this goal as well as gain other benefits. By Dino Butorac
Although a ready-made project management methodology offers a quick solution, this paper shows you how to tailor it to meet your organization’s needs. By Sean Whitaker
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