How do you measure the quality of your project management?
Traditionally, United States (US) companies viewed project success as a matter of focusing on--and realizing--an end result while minimizing total defects. By integrating the practice of project management into this view, these organizations could also realize projects that contribute to a customer's organizational objectives, foster positive working relationships with customers, meet schedule and budget targets, and match the customer's specifications and requirements. This article discusses how organizations can effectively measure the success of their projects and efficiently achieve project success by using project management tools and techniques. In doing so, it explains why US companies need to look beyond the end product in gauging the success of their projects. It then describes how companies can integrate project management into their organizational processes, noting how the discipline can help organizations perform better.