Readhowyouwant Pty Ltd., Sydney, Australia

To bring project management systems and structure to a small company, a publishing firm based in Sydney, Australia, hired its first project professional. This article discusses how a project manager broke down cultural barriers and came up with a process to handle changing requirements at a growing publishing firm. It details how the transformation process began by building project templates, defining metrics, and creating a new project team. It then explains some of the project management processes implemented including requiring all project teams to define scope up front. It also notes how interaction between stakeholders and team members have improved, which allows the organization to produce a much better first implementation of the new system. It took a while for the employees to trust project management and take the initiative to point out issues, but that has changed. Today, the organization has more than 100 employees based in Australia, Pakistan, and the United States, and projects are delivered fast
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