Common tongue

Introducing a corporate-wide project management methodology in organizations with distributed project management offices (PMOs) can be a daunting task. It's further complicated by the fact that some PMOs are more mature than others. This article discusses how a universal project language is essential before project teams can embark on new projects. In doing so, it overviews how using a common language minimizes miscommunication and helps the team feel cohesive. It also examines how enormous variances in project management vocabulary, which gives rise to numerous project dialects, can hinder the progress of projects. The article identifies ways for project leaders, who are charged with standardizing project management practices, to think about how to adopt a single project dialect across distributed PMOs, noting how A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is a great starting point for creating a single project vocabulary. The article concludes by detailing how training programs and a
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