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PM News Roundup

Written by Michelle Symonds on . Posted in News

Government ministers need project management training

A critical Public Accounts Committee report published earlier this week on the work of the Major Projects Authority (MPA) says there are still deficiencies in the UK government’s ability to successful deliver major projects. The report notes that 2 MPs have attended half-day or full-day project management training courses but suggests this training should be extended more widely to the highest decision-making levels of the government.

The report also says that there needs to be better planning at the outset of projects and greater transparency in decision making.

Read more on the MPA Report.

 

New Project Fundamentals Event from APM

Earlier this week the APM launched a new one day interactive professional development event called APM Presents… Project Management in Practice covering delivery of real professional projects and aimed at mid-career PMs. It will offer insights into the challenges, techniques and keys to success of projects in the real world.

Practical advice will also be available on improving your employability as a project manager, including creating a CV and networking.

Sessions will be delivered by the 14 APM Specific Interest Groups:

  • Assurance
  • Benefits Management
  • Contracts and Procurement
  • Enabling Change
  • Governance
  • Knowledge
  • People
  • Planning, Monitoring and Control
  • PMO
  • Portfolio management
  • Programme Management
  • Risk Management
  • Value Management
  • Women in project management

Should Every Employee be a Project Manager?

According to the PwC 15th Annual Global CEO Survey, businesses need to be able to quickly create new products or services, that customers will buy, in order to survive. They can, therefore, no longer tolerate inefficient processes and need all employees, not just project managers, to behave like PMs.

The survey suggests that the traditional model of project management separate from the business environment could be limiting an organisation’s flexibility and ability to respond quickly to external market forces.

 

Why Agile Project Managers Need to Relinquish Control

An interesting discussion by Dan Wood about why project managers in an agile environment need to become more spectators than players when it comes to assigning, planning and scheduling individual tasks and why they shouldn’t be actively involved at the task level. Agile project managers should not directly control the project team and their assigned tasks but, instead, provide more of a supportive role. Dan suggests they should do this through a variety of ways, including monitoring and reporting on project health to stakeholders and resist the urge to assign and control at a low level.

 

Project Management Confidence Index

According to a recent report from Arras People only 28% of project managers are happy in their jobs with 67% of project managers actively looking for a new job. Low wage rises have contributed to this dissatisfaction as at least three-quarters of projects managers have not had a pay rise above the rate of inflation in 2014.

Conversely, a majority of organisations are actively recruiting project managers this year due to increased business demand although nearly a third of companies are recruiting project managers because employees have left.

So companies need project managers and project managers want new jobs but significant numbers of project managers looking for a new position report are finding a lack of openings relevant to their skills and experience but salaries on offer are also failing to meet their expectations.

The survey also reports that 40 per cent of practitioners who started a new job in 2014 have seen wage increases of over 8 per cent on their last salary.

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You Too Could be a Project Manager

Written by Michelle Symonds on . Posted in Project Management Articles

One of my relations is taking early retirement after 35 years working for the same organisation. He has simply lost all enthusiasm for his job and missed the opportunities presented to him 10, 20, 30 years ago which could have changed the course of his career. You might think he had a boring dead-end job, but, in fact, he is a well-educated, professionally qualified man in an interesting career. Or at least one that seems that way from the outside. Unfortunately it wasn’t the lifelong career for him but he stuck with it because that was what he had qualified for (he is a chartered surveyor).

I know other people who, having lost their passion for their career, had the courage to re-train or just get out of the rat race. A physicist friend who re-trained as a vet when she realised she loved animals more than anything else and a lawyer who became an architect. I’ve heard numerous other stories of professionals who have given up a seemingly rewarding career to start over again doing something completely different.

I remember when, at the age of 28, I myself was told by a recruitment consultant that I was too old to change careers! Thankfully I didn’t listen to him.

But not everyone changes to something drastically different; sometimes opportunities present themselves that seem like a natural progression and project management is one of those roles that people tend to move into after some years in a business-oriented or technical role.

Of course, there are now degree courses in project management (especially prevalent in the States) but a large part of what makes a project manager successful at their career is the experience they bring with them from previous roles so I am not convinced that a PM degree fully equips a young graduate to take on a challenging project manager role (or even one that isn’t very challenging).

If you are a mid-career professional wondering where you go next remember that increasing numbers of people are now changing direction part way through their career; it may not be easy but it is perfectly possible. If the career you are in is not right for you it is better to take the leap now than wait until you are a few years off retirement; although even then it is not too late.

So if you feel stuck in the wrong job – if you are no longer enjoying it or finding it fulfilling and struggle to motivate yourself to get up in the morning to go to work, take a look at what project management opportunities there are in your current organisation. Project managers are needed in every organisation as business environments are increasingly project-based and your current skills could well equip you with the experience you need to get started in a PM role. You may already find that you know some project management fundamentals such as organising, planning, estimating and prioritising tasks.

Start by taking an introductory course and you could be well on your way to a fulfilling, new career – a project management qualification could help you get a better job. Project management is now a recognised profession and the Association for Project Management (APM) could soon have a Royal Charter* like more traditional professions such as Law and Accountancy.

 

*A Royal Charter for APM was recommended in early 2013 and unanimously agreed in July 2013 but that decision was subsequently challenged by the Project Management Institute (PMI) who sought a Judicial Review, which was held on 8 and 9 July 2014 at the High Court in London. The Judge dismissed the claim on all grounds and refused PMI’s request to appeal. However, PMI has now sought leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal and a decision on whether PMI has permission to proceed with its challenge is expected later this year.

Microsoft Project Training

Practical Microsoft Project Training from Parallel Project Training

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Parallel Project Training and Acuity Training are pleased to announce that they are joining forces to offer high quality Microsoft Project Training to the clients of Parallel Project Training.

What is Microsoft Project?

Microsoft project is one of the most widely used project scheduling tools. It significantly improves the management of project schedules, resources and costs and streamlines the production of project reports. It enables project managers and planners to produce high quality project schedules, reduce and cost plans.  Many project managers start by drawing a project schedule in PowerPoint or Excel, but they soon find that it is difficult to maintain and track progress without a properly constructed project schedule. Microsoft Project enables project managers to take their planning to the next level.

Why do Project Managers Need Training in Microsoft Project?

Microsoft Project is an extremely powerful and flexible project management package, with many options and features. These features make it capable of supporting a wide range of projects from the smallest to the most complex.   Initially this can seem daunting for the new user, with too many choices.  At the best this results in wasted time during project mobilisation, at the worst it leads to an unworkable or unachievable project plan. The latter could result is significant issues for the project team as the project progresses. Effective training can reduce this time wasted and improve the quality of the project schedule.

What is covered in the courses?

Working with Acuity, Parallel can offer a wide range of Microsoft Project Training includingMicrosoft Project Training

1) MICROSOFT PROJECT TRAINING: INTRODUCTION / INTERMEDIATE: 2 DAYS

This Microsoft Project training course will teach you the essential skills of using Microsoft Project to plan and manage project schedules. This included developing the detail project tasks, identifying the critical path, planning project resources and costs. The course also covers network analysis, tracking progress against a baseline and reporting.

This practical course is bed by highly experienced Microsoft Project trainers with many years of experience our hands-on courses mean that you will leave with lots of MS Project experience as well as useful tips and tricks.

2) MICROSOFT PROJECT TRAINING: ADVANCED: 2 DAYS

This Microsoft Project training course will teach you how to make the most of planning and managing projects using Microsoft Project, building on your existing skills and teaching you to make the most of this powerful project management software. Part of the second day of this course is a workshop session which allows delegates to work on their own projects.

Led by highly experienced Microsoft Project trainers with many years of experience our hands-on courses mean that you will leave with lots of practical Project experience as well as useful tips and tricks.

The introductory /intermediate course is available as part of an open training programme with dates available on the Parallel Website.

Microsoft Project Training Course Dates

The advanced course is available to corporate clients on request.

Working with Acuity Parallel can also offer enterprise courses including

  1. PLANNING PROJECTS USING PROJECT SERVER 2013 – 3 DAY
  2. ADMINISTERING PROJECT SERVER 2013 – 2 DAY
  3. MANAGING PROJECTS USING PROJECT SERVER 2013 – 2 DAY

These courses are available for corporate clients implementing enterprise systems.

 About Parallel Project Training

Parallel Project Training is a specialist project management training companies working with a diverse range of clients to improve project management capability. They range from the very large such as The National Trust and Network Rail, to very small organisations and charities. We focus on establishing effective processes and behaviours to deliver successful projects and are accredited by the Association for Project Management and the Project Management Institute.

About Acuity Training

Acuity Training is a specialist IT training business offering hands on training across the Microsoft suite of products, the Adobe Creative Cloud and other business applications. Focused on delivering high-quality, practical training to help people in their day-to-day jobs, its Microsoft Project training clients have included BP, Lockheed Martin and GE.

Virtual PMP Course

Virtual PMP Certification Course Launched

Written by Michelle Symonds on . Posted in News

Parallel Project Training have successfully delivered a number of bespoke virtual courses for corporate clients and have now launched their first open virtual PMP Certification course to be held in November 2014. Registration for the course is now open and will continue until 23 October 2014.

The course will be conducted over a full week (24th – 28th November incl.) with the examination held at the end of the week. Adobe Connect is used to facilitate the virtual classroom sessions as a live event from anywhere in the world with the trainer visible on video to all participants. It also has a whiteboard facility and real-time questioning opportunities either via voice (for which a microphone and headset are required) or via a keyboard with the interactive Chat facility which shows all questions on-screen to all participants.

Our experience shows that the level of interaction between delegates in a virtual classroom situation is very high, which is a huge advantage of these virtual courses over more traditional distance learning. Combined with our printed study material this approach has proved to be highly successful, allowing delegates to work in a way that fits more readily around their on-going work commitments, whilst still gaining the opportunity to interact with project managers from different companies and locations.

We record the virtual classroom sessions so that participants have the opportunity to re-visit particular sessions at any time. They are also able to access presentations and training documents through Adobe Connect.

 

Distance learning of this type offers professional PMP qualifications in a productive and cost-effective manner. It has all the benefits of distance learning, such as reducing the time away from the office, but it also has the advantages of the interaction found in traditional classroom courses through the virtual element.

The PMP® credential from the Project Management institute is the most widely recognised global project management qualification demonstrating that you have the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects. It not only evaluates your knowledge of the PMI® Body of Knowledge but also your broader knowledge of project management and your ability to take critical decisions in difficult situations.

The 5-day certification course is designed to give you a full and deep understanding to the PMI® approach to project management and also ensure you are fully prepared to undertake the PMP® exam. The training course employs active learning techniques such as process mapping and buzz groups and uses realistic case studies as well as offering plenty of opportunities to practice the format and style of typical questions which appear in the PMP® exam.

The PMP® credential is designed for experienced project managers who are looking for recognition of their competence to deliver projects. The PMI have specific pre-requisites based on your level of academic qualification and experience in project management. View PMI pre-requisites.

To participate in the virtual classroom you will need a high speed internet connection, a PC with Adobe Flash installed, a USB Headset and webcam.  Learn more about this virtual PMP training course.

All Projects are Imperfect

All Projects Are Imperfect

Written by Michelle Symonds on . Posted in Project Management Articles

In the project management world we all like to talk about, and aim for, a successful project. We expend much of our time, effort and energy trying to manage risks, control change and monitor our schedule and budget. We deal with long lists of tasks with complex inter-dependencies trying to make everything perfect. But, perhaps, we should just accept that all projects are imperfect.

As a somewhat leftfield example, take a school production that I attended last night. My son, being in his final year of primary school was involved, with the rest of his class, in a comedy show that this bunch of 11 year olds had put together themselves. As parents we had instructions to just laugh (sometimes hard when it’s 11 year-olds doing the comedy sketches). It was actually a great night and very funny, particularly when a couple of boys dressed up as ballerinas complete with pink tutus.

But on the way home my own son was very glum even though the night had been a great success. The reason? For one sketch he and 3 classmates had forgotten to wear their hats on stage – the hats had been ready in the wings but everyone had forgotten about them. None of the people in the audience knew about the hats so they just enjoyed the funny sketch. We all thought the sketch and the whole show was a “success”. My son thought it was not – simply because of forgetting to put a hat on. If he had accepted that you prepare as best you can and provided the “stakeholders” are happy then treat it as a success he would have enjoyed it more.

And so it is with projects – we specify, we plan, we monitor and control but if some elements of the project are not perfect we need to remind ourselves that very little in life is 100% successful. Project management is not about achieving perfection it is about achieving success and the two are not always the same. If your clients are happy then you should be too because the reality of a project very rarely matches exactly with the plans and schedules.

Projects are run by people, for people; they are often complex and require unique problem solving. We rarely just repeat something we have done before so cannot always learn from experience because many projects are breaking new ground. So instead of dwelling on the imperfections, instead just accept that there will be imperfections, but that does not make a project less than 100% successful. If fact we shouldn’t be surprised when problems occur, the surprise is that some people still expect perfection.

Of course, expecting projects to be imperfect does not mean that we don’t have to manage them carefully because usually some elements of a project can be estimated, predicted and controlled precisely. So plan and manage well but accept that the reality will be different from the plan – be well prepared but also be flexible and believe that the project is successful if the stakeholders are satisfied; don’t beat yourself up about the few tasks that were not completed.

Professional Project Manager

5 Ways to Improve your Delegation Skills

Written by Michelle Symonds on . Posted in Project Management Articles

Delegation is a key skill for a project manager but it is often very difficult to execute efficiently.

Here are 5 ways to improve your delegation skills:

Give Notice

 

You should never make assumptions with project management, ever. Your team members should be well organised and committed to achieving their objectives on time. If you throw a task at a team member last-minute they will more than likely struggle to complete it efficiently, or other tasks they have may suffer as a result.

 

Ensure you clearly explain their task to them, giving them as much notice as possible so that they have ample time to complete it. They should clearly understand what the task is and when it needs to be completed. Of course there will always be times you have to delegate at short notice, but the more you can keep this to a minimum the better.

 

Be the boss without being bossy

 

Your job role as project manager is to delegate and provide guidance, it is not to boss your team around with no regard for their feelings. Project management training courses teach us effective communication skills, and this is one area those skills need to be put into practice. The simple act of ‘asking’ rather than ‘telling’ will benefit your entire team’s morale levels. By approaching people nicely and directly, rather than in an irritated and bossy way, you encourage a positive team atmosphere. You’re also much more likely to receive the work you ask for on time.

 

Give Reasons and Explanations

 

Your job as project manager is to help your team see the bigger picture. You are there to keep them focused on the common goal. Your team members will be demotivated if they do not understand why they are completing a task. The best way to approach this is to make the request, explain why the task needs to be done and ask if the person has any questions. Remember this is all part of steering your team towards a success outcome and team members will benefit from understanding why they are being asked to do something.

 

Let your team know what is expected of them

 

If you’re not clear on your expectations, you will lose an element of control over your team and your project. If you want to increase the chances of receiving exactly what you asked for, you have to be clear on your expectations from the outset. Leave no room for guessing and ensure your team member feels confident asking you about anything they do not understand about the task.

 

Provide measurable time

 

Rather than saying ‘as soon as possible’ give a person an actual date or time. Many people make the mistake of thinking that because they have prioritised a task and said it needs doing ASAP, that the person receiving it will also conceive it to be just as important as they do. Give a measurable time to the person you are delegating a task to, allowing them room to manoeuvre by discussing how that timescale works for them, that way a clear timescale can be agreed between you both, rather than leaving anything to assumptions.

 

 

Questions to ask a project sponsor

Moving into Project Management as a Career

Written by Michelle Symonds on . Posted in Project Management Articles

If you’ve considered the possibility of becoming a project manager within your current organisation but have not found any opportunities available, you may now be looking at other avenues that will lead you to your chosen career. But first ask yourself why there are no opportunities with your current employer:

  • Is it the wrong type of business (i.e. not project focused)?
  • Does the company only want to hire already experienced project managers?
  • Are there simply no current openings for a PM?

If there are no openings presently but the business is the right type of business then you could gain some more experience and knowledge about the business while staying in your present job. Or why not ask if any training is available; gaining a recognised project management qualification will give you a better chance when a PM position does become available. This may also be a good approach if the company ideally want an experienced PM – remember that many project managers first move into that role because they already understand the business, know the people and are simply in the right place at the right time.

If the company does not employ project managers (maybe they use external consultancies) then you will need to seek a new job. But be prepared to take on a related or supporting role first (maybe in the PMO) until you gain more business knowledge.

You will need to remember to remain focused, self disciplined and motivated throughout your career development so that you keep exploring all avenues and don’t become demotivated. It can be more difficult getting into project management with a new company if you lack experience, particularly if you’ve been in another job role for a long time.

 

Here are some tips to help you move into project management:

 

Look into similar companies to the one you work for

Think about businesses that do the same thing your company does or similar. This means you’ll already know that industry and you will understand how the business works. Do your homework before you apply and search for information on how the business is run and if they have a project focused approach. Applying for a job in a company that doesn’t have opportunities for internal project managers will only leave you in the same position you are with your current employer.

Volunteering

It is often assumed volunteering is only when you give your time up to help charity – this is not always the case. You’ll need to be confident and strong enough to approach companies that can provide you with the skills and experience you need, and, obviously be able to manage without a regular income for a while. Whatever the organisation is, if they have someone who works within that company who performs the job role you want to do, you should apply. Just think about how many different types of organisations use project management on a day to day basis and you’ll realise just how broad your horizons are. Think about applying creatively using social networking, blogging, vlogging, emails, phone calls, anything you can to get noticed. Remember you’re offering your time for free and you will be an asset to any business you volunteer for. You need to explain to them what their gains will be before explaining your own.

Your CV

Does your CV highlight project management skills within previous job roles that might not have been in the PM field? Consider using a professional service to enable your CV to become more project management orientated and see if companies will give you feedback if you’re struggling to receive a response.

 

Remember that the skills involved in successful project management: good communication, good organisational skills, self-motivation etc. can be gained in many different roles and will lead you to successful job applications if you remain open to opportunity.

 

 

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Interesting Project Management Reads

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Scholarships for Aspiring Project Managers

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation™ (PMIEF) offers academic scholarships and professional development scholarships to provide students, teachers, professionals and charities the opportunity to develop their project management capabilities.

The cost of gaining formal project management qualifications can be prohibitive for those who are not funded by their employers so these scholarships should remove that financial obstacle for those who are eligible.

Whilst many are only available in the USA there are at least a dozen scholarships available globally. Find out more about the project management scholarships provided through PMIEF on their website.

 

10 Killer Interview Questions for Hiring Project Managers

Interviewing for project management jobs is something I have had to do but I don’t find it easy. How do you know what to ask? And how do you use what is normally a really short period of time to let the candidate show themselves in the best possible light?

Added to that is the fact that it’s easy for candidates to come up with answers to many of the standard questions because there are so many books about recruiting and interviewing. They have plenty of time to rehearse their answers, so the whole thing can feel like a box ticking exercise.

I’ve put together my 10 killer interview questions for hiring a project manager. Next time you have to recruit someone for your project team, why not try some of these?

Read the full post on Elizabeth Harrin’s Blog

 

Project management ‘failure’ behind lack of Apple Maps updates

A number of improvements to Apple’s mapping service that were slated to hit the stage at last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference did not appear after poor planning and “internal politics” caused deadlines to be missed, a new report alleges.
Much of the blame for the absence of long-rumoured features — such as public transportation integration and a new, more reliable data backend — during the WWDC keynote address was heaped at the feet of project managers, according to unnamed sources who spoke with TechCrunch. Combined with a loss of engineering talent, these problems were said to have overloaded the development team.

 

Ed’s Note: Of course if it had been a success it would have been a joint effort…

 

Project Management: Strategic Pluses

Most of us know – especially those of us in the project management world – that a solid PM practice that is truly running smoothly in an organization can bring great benefits to the company, the employees and, of course, the project customers. However, not everyone sees it and sometimes executives want to deny that this is the case…choosing to fund different areas of the organization with the limited budget available because they just don’t see the benefit.

In these cases, what the PM practices are left with is struggle to survive, a lack of ability to show a consistent “face” of PM to the organization and the clients they serve on projects, and the reliance on more luck than best practices to bring ongoing success to the projects they manage. Not good. So what we always need to do is tout the pluses of project management and why the funding of a solid PM infrastructure is a good thing…not a frivolous endeavour.

Read the full post

 

London Olympics 2012 guru Andy Hunt on how to win business goals

If they were handing out medals for project management on an unprecedented international scale, Andy Hunt should have a solid gold one and be allowed to wear it with pride.

Cheltenham resident Mr Hunt was for five years, until February 2013, the CEO of the British Olympic Association, the national Olympic committee for Great Britain and Northern Island, and ran the team that brought us the glittering success that was London 2012.

As unfeasibly enormous as the project was, the detail is rarely mentioned, only the good times and the successes – and in particular Team GB’s medal haul. For Mr Hunt, you imagine this is the litmus test that gives him greatest reassurance he and his vast team did their job pretty damn well.

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Creating a Project Management Framework

Twelve Steps to Design and Deploy a Project Management Framework

Written by Paul Naybour on . Posted in Default

A project management framework is a consistent approach to the delivery of projects in an organisation. It normally consists of a common project lifecycle, defined roles and responsibilities, key documents and a set of governance rules. The advantage of a framework is that is encourages

  1. Continuity because that project teams and members have a shared understanding of what is required at each stage.
  2. Communications because defined stages and documents help people understand what stage to project is at and what needs to be done next.
  3. Consistency of delivery because projects are guided to follow the principles of project management.
  4. Improved governance because the framework defines the rules for the initiation and control of projects.
  5. Clarity over the delivery of the project roles, responsibilities and processes.

    The challenge with a project management framework is to design in flexibility to accommodate the wide range of projects experienced in many organisations, from the smallest to the most complex.

In our last post we described what is a project management framework. In this post we describe twelve steps to creating and employing a project management framework. So what are the stages to go through when designing a project management framework?

  1. Create an owner for the framework and empower them
  2. Understand the current level of maturity and range of projects in the organisation
  3. Define the levels of governance for different projects
  4. Design a simple lifecycle with stages and gates
  5. Define project roles and responsibilities
  6. Define key gate documents and templates
  7. Define a simple but effective reporting process
  8. Walk through the framework with a project or two with key stakeholders
  9. Check integration with other processes such as business planning, finance and procurement
  10. Create a brand for the project management framework
  11. Conduct a road show and listen to the feedback and organise training in the framework and supporting competences
  12. Monitor and review

Twelve Steps to a project management framework

Step 1 Create an owner for the framework and empower them.

The implementation of a project management framework (PMF) is just like any other project, and should be run just like any other project. It can however be useful to establish a project management office to own the PMF long term, to share lessons learned and support the reporting and governance arrangements.

Step 2 Understand the current level of maturity and range of projects in the organisation

Before starting to design a PMF it is useful to understand the range of projects that will be supported by the framework, from the largest to the smallest, from the most successful to the biggest failures. Any framework should be designed to accommodate all these projects. Assuming the PMF is successful the organisation will want to use it on all projects, so it is best to design this in from the start.

Step 3 Define the levels of governance for different projects

Not every project needs the same levels of governance. Some smaller project can get benefit from simplified documentation or stage gates. Different levels of project will need different levels of authorisation. A key output from a framework is guidance on how to apply the PMF to different types of project. This is normally done on on either level of finical authority or complexity.

Step 4 Design a simple lifecycle with stages and gates

A gate is a point at which the project has to seek authority to proceed to the next state. These are based linked to approval of funding. The stages define what is done between the stages. You can have several stages between each gate, but normally a stage produced a document that is approved at the next gate, such as a business case or a design. It is best to use stages that have meaning and resonance in the organisation.

Step 5 Define project roles and responsibilities

A project needs defined roles and responsibilities. These need simple but clearly defined responsibilities. As a minimum these include, Project Board, Project Executive (or sponsor). Project Manager and User, but for small project this may be too complex. In larger organisations it may be necessary to think about the links to Programme Managers and Portfolio Managers.

Step 6 Define key gate documents and templates

The next step is to define the key documents and templates needed at each stage. People love forms for here. A long hand document can be great but they are more difficult to complete. Some may already exist in the organisation so it can be a matter of culling the existing templates.

Step 7 Walk through the framework with a project or two with key stakeholders

We would recommend completing the templates for a range of projects from the smallest to the largest projects and publishing these as model documents. Doing this as a walk through with stakeholders is a good way of getting key players involved. Once published the completed templates act as effective guidance for those who are using the framework.

Step 8 Define a simple but effective reporting process

Most PMFs have a highlight report. Often this is collated by the PMO into a monthly report to the team executives. Try to keep this simple and think about the frequency of reporting, maybe not every project needs a report every month. Maybe a rolling 3-month programme will do.

Step 9 Check integration with other processes such as business planning, finance and procurement

Often a PMF has integration with other core processes in the organisation such as business planning or procurement. Make sure the PMF aligns with these processes. Are the authorisation levels consistent with procurement? Are the gates aligned with any tendering process? Is the information in the business plan carried over into the project brief and business case?

Step 10 Create a brand for the project management framework

By now you will have a collection of flow charts, PowerPoint slides, templates and excel sheets. It can be very helpful to summarise these as a PMF documents and employ a graphic designer to help present this in an appealing way to your PM community. This should he simple to understand and follow the core messages you which to communicate. You can always provide the detail on an intranet website.

Step 11 Conduct a road show and listen to the feedback and organise training in the framework and supporting competences

You are now ready to go, after all this work then it is worth getting some senior stakeholders to present it to the project managers and sponsors so they understand the benefits and importance to the organisation. This does not need to cover the detail, just the why and what I have to do. Quite often the implementation of a PMF will require new skills and competence in the project management community. This is where training can help people get up to speed with the new skills to support the framework. It can also help people consider the benefits of a project management framework and how it can be applied to their project.

Step 12 Monitor and review

As a project management framework beds into the organisation then the user community will see significant areas for improvement and it is worth listening to these an updating he PMF say one a year.

Parallel Project Training has helped many organisations, large and small, to develop and deploy effective project management framework. Don’t start this project on your own, get in touch and we can point you in the right direction.