Project Management Institute

Organizational impacts of EPM tools

Over the past few years, numerous articles have discussed the benefits of using enterprise-wide project management (EPM); many have detailed the tools that can help organizations implement EPM. But few have described the organizational infrastructure issues that can undermine efforts to establish and practice EPM. Informed by the author's experience implementing EPM in two different companies, this article examines the four primary issues surrounding the successful use of EPM, issues involving executive buy-in (cost/benefit justification, business practices, project priorities, active support), corporate culture (accountability, business processes), project management maturity (discipline, existing knowledge, methodologies), and resources and capabilities (vendor selection, documentation). In doing so, it identifies eleven advantages of using EPM and suggests how project managers can most effectively and efficiently obtain executive and employee support for--and acceptance of--using EPM.
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