Key actions to advance to Level 2 - Strategic Planning for Project Management

There are five key actions required before the organization can advance to Level 2. They are:

  • Arrange for initial training and education in project management.
  • Encourage the training (or hiring) of certified project management professionals (PMPs).
  • Encourage employees to begin communicating in common project management language.
  • Recognize available project management tools.
  • Develop an understanding of the principles of project management: the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK).

The last item may prove the most difficult in non–project-driven organizations where project management is not regarded as a profession.

The successful completion of Level 1 usually occurs with a medium degree of difficulty. The time period to complete Level 1 could be measured in months or years, based upon such factors as:

  • Type of company (project-driven versus non–project-driven).
  • Size and nature of the projects.
  • Amount of executive support.
  • Visibility of executive support.
  • Strength of the existing corporate culture.
  • Previous experience, if any, with project management.
  • Corporate profitability.
  • Economic conditions (inflation, recession, etc.).
  • The speed by which training can be accomplished.

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