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Creating a best practice project management culture

After Harris Semiconductor acquired six different companies within a relatively short time, there was uncertainty about how to proceed. A company-wide poll determined that half the company's issues could be addressed through the establishment of a best practices culture. This article describes this effort, which took the form of 'Project: Go!' It began with a project start-up workshop at which the project's scope statement and team members' roles were hammered out. Deliverables were defined and a work breakdown structure (WBS) was generated. These were reviewed and fine-tuned into individual tasks, which were in turn reviewed within a risk management process. Project: Go! was quite successful and used by 50 teams within 18 months of the project's introduction.
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