Professional project management

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To effectively manage projects, organizations need a project management process that enables them to integrate the many activities involved in implementing projects. This article examines how organizations can establish a professional approach to developing professional-caliber project managers. In doing so, it overviews why organizations need to outline a formal process for managing projects and controlling cost, schedule, and scope; it identifies the reason why many organizations fail to effectively create project management processes and efficiently implement these processes successfully. It discusses the challenges organizations face when they initiate projects that are too complex for their established project management processes. It lists 11 questions for analyzing ineffective project management processes and explains the pathology of these problems. It then details a pathway that can help organizations develop a project management process that effectively addresses the core components of recruiting, retaining, and developing project managers, components related to career paths, education, training, and standardized project management process.
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