☆ Project Management Plan Generator

In a work of increasingly complex interactions and business models the need for a standardized approach to managing projects has never been greater. The benefits of businesses building their own Project Management Office (PMO) will depend on whether the business culture, leadership team, and project processes, tools, and goals are aligned.

Although there are project management standards that can be applied to every project each of these must be individually applied to meet the needs of each unique project. This means that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to project management and that the team needs to understand both the unique needs of the project as well as how to wield each tool to be successful.


ACCESS OPTIONS


Access to the Project Management Plan Generator (password) is provided through the following products.

Access Option #1: Project Management Blueprint (2nd Edition) available in the Amazon store! (in development)

 

Includes password access to the interactive tools available in the online Innovation Plan Generator.

Access Option #2: Or check out the Android App now available in the Google Play Store! (in development)

 


Deciding if you need a Project Management Office (PMO)

Egeland (2013) advises that at least two out of three criterion should be met before considering building a project management office. These same criterion can also be used as guidelines to determine if a project management approach is proper or if other business strategy alternatives should be explored.  Initiatives that have a need to share resources, need and have the capacity to support high-end communication, and have a level of complexity that would benefit central control are considered a good candidate for the project management approach.

Building Your Project Management Office

Santosus (2013) provides a list of benefits in having a project management office (and using project management tools) that need to be aligned with the business need and capacity to support. When the business needs and capacity are aligned a strong business case for developing a project management office (and using project management tools) can be presented to the leadership team.

Presenting the business case to the leadership team requires consideration of the business needs, project areas to be supported, benefits expected, and the systems and supports needed to successfully manage projects and a project management office. Having a shared understanding the role of the project management team is just as important as being able to communicate the value of having a project management office.

The project manager as a process owner (but not people manager) becomes increasingly valuable in matrix based organizations where teams, areas of ability, and resources are often shared. The project manager owns the process and planning tools where the customer, sponsor, and project champions own the decisions and the authority. These roles must be ‘owned’ and ‘mastered’ in order for the project resources, plans, and responsibilities to be successfully executed.

Building Your Project Management Office

The above graphic illustrates five steps to pitching the business case, building the necessary relationships, and identifying the tools, processes, and structures to successfully build a project management office. Executive buy-in becomes crucial for not only forming the PMO but also for establishing its authority for bringing cross functional & departmental group members together to pursue a shared vision.


OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PLAN GENERATOR


The Project Management Plan Generator includes the following steps (and strategic planning components) listed below. Additional tools, resources, and options are available to members. Feel free to contact us with additional questions at [email protected] 


OVERVIEW OF THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT BLUEPRINT & ANDROID APP


The project management blueprint (book) and android app include the following contents. Password access to the online interactive project management plan generator are available with each purchase.

Preface
Introduction
Ten Project Management Myths
Project Management Scorecard
Triangulation as a Function of Project Structure
Managing the Project Manager in a Network
Stakeholder & Customer Role Confusion in Projects
Delivering Projects in a Matrix Environment
Why Projects Fail: Project Management Lessons
Developing Your Change Management Structure
Project Managing the Change Management Process (ADKAR)
Project Management Process Groups Canvas
Project Evaluation & Planning Canvas
Initiative Evaluation & Planning Canvas
Planning & Supporting the Implementation of Initiatives
The PMBOK (2013) Process Guidelines: An Overview
PMBOK (2013) Tools Overview
PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROCESSES
PROJECT INTEGRATION MANAGEMENT
PROJECT SCOPE MANAGEMENT
PROJECT TIME MANAGEMENT
PROJECT COST MANAGEMENT
PROJECT QUALITY MANAGEMENT
PROJECT HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT
PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT
PROJECT PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT
PROJECT STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT
A Cheat Sheet to Reading the PMBOK (2013)
A 5-Step RFP Review Process Model
Concluding Remarks
Addendum: PMBOK Blueprint PowerPoint Presentation (link provided for download)

ACCESS OPTIONS


Access to the Project Management Plan Generator (password) is provided through the following products.

Access Option #1: Project Management Blueprint (2nd Edition) available in the Amazon store! (in development)

 

Includes password access to the interactive tools available in the online Innovation Plan Generator.

Access Option #2: Or check out the Android App now available in the Google Play Store! (in development)