Training--a key element in implementing project management

Those organizations that implement company-wide project management training programs are those that are most likely to successfully realize their projects. This article discusses the first year of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) two-year effort to install a company-wide project management methodology, one that involves formal, uniform, and integrated planning, scheduling, and controlling concepts, tools, and techniques. In doing so, it identifies this effort's nine components and describes PG&E's previous experience in implementing projects and its process for developing this training program, a process that included targeting personnel, identifying training needs, developing the program's format, and assembling the needed materials. It then explains the outcomes this effort realized during its first year and the objectives for its future project management training programs.
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