Lead the way
Instituting a project-based culture into a traditionally top-down-structured organization can generate much resistance from long-time employees. To effectively implement such a change, the organization's leaders must prove to their staff why and how project management will improve their lives. This article examines how organizations can successfully establish project-based cultures. In doing so, it identifies the challenges that organizations face when changing long-established working environments. It then overviews the activities that organizations can perform to discover how they can most effectively implement organizational change, noting how one lawyer introduced project management into his law firm and how one Saudi Arabian bank established an enterprise-wide project management culture. Accompanying this article is a sidebar explaining how organizations can address the resistance to change that they commonly encounter from their personnel when making enterprise-wide changes.