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Project Management Methjodology

Introducing our Project Management Guide

What if Your Projects Always Succeeded?

What is the Project Management Guide?

How does the Project Management Guide differ from other methodologies?

What are the Features of the Project Management Guide?

How do we Evaluate the Project Management Guide?

How can I get a sample template?

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What if Your Projects Always Succeeded?

Do your IT projects succeed as a matter of course? Is it normal for them to come in on time, on budget, in scope, and actually delivering value to your organization? If you answered "no," you’re not alone. There is no shortage of examples of IT projects gone wrong. We are constantly reminded of the problems, to the extent that it sometimes seems as if "IT project" and "overrun" are synonymous.

This does not have to be the case. If you make the decision to manage your projects overtly and consistently rather than relying on a fervent hope for the best, you can join the growing group of satisfied managers who sleep soundly at night, not staring at the ceiling agonizing how to explain or minimize the latest fiasco.

The problem is how to manage projects consistently. Many organizations have sent their project managers on courses, often with good results, but they have found that project success seems somehow to depend upon the diligence of each project manager rather than becoming something that the organization is entitled to expect as a matter of routine.

The Project Management Guide is a specialized project management methodology based on the observation that project managers benefit by following clear roadmaps to managing projects. When they are able to make use of templates, checklists, and forms, it is less likely that they will overlook things that need to be handled. Project managers can learn from the behavior of professional pilots: before pilots take off or land, they run through a written checklist of activities. It does not matter how experienced they are or how good their safety record, every pilot is required to use the checklists. That’s because airlines, like other organizations, have come to recognize that items committed to memory sometimes get lost in the bustle of activities. So it is with planning and running projects. When we do things consistently and well, we succeed.

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What is the Project Management Guide?

The Project Management Guide (PMG) is a complete project management methodology for managing information systems and technology projects. It consists of a set of 32 templates, checklists, and forms, along with manuals that describe how to use them and assistance in implementing them.

The PMG includes over 330 pages of documentation in four manuals:

The PMG contains the following templates, checklists, and forms. They are presented in the normal sequence in which they would be used in a project.

Project Stage

Component
Initiation Handover form
Project binder
Classification worksheet
Scope definition checklist
Project charter
Satisfaction criteria
Planning Work breakdown structure
Activity definition
Assumptions checklist
Constraints checklist
Cost estimate worksheet
Cost management plan
Schedule management plan
Staffing requirements form
Scope management plan
Risk assessment checklist
Risk management plan
Communications management plan
Quality management plan
Project plan
Execution Time sheet
Status report
Corrective actions checklist
Scope change request form
Deliverable review form
Formal acceptance signoff form
Close-out Handover form
Satisfaction criteria
Lessons learned checklist
Performance appraisal form
Archives index
All stages Issues log
Meeting agenda
Meeting minutes

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How does the Project Management Guide differ from other methodologies?

There are several project management methodologies available, but most of them are add-ons to a larger methodology. For example, most Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have an embedded project management methodology, but it is specific to that application and does not apply to other types of project.

Also, some project management methodologies are designed around Systems Development Life Cycles (SDLCs). These are valuable for projects that are intended to build systems, but do not apply to other types of IT project such as infrastructure, strategic planning, performance analysis, or any of the myriad projects that are not aimed at building systems.

The Project Management Guide is a complete methodology for managing any kind of IT project including systems development, including infrastructure, and including all types of IT project.

 

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What are the features of the Project Management Guide?

 

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How do we Evaluate the Project Management Guide?

Simply use the form on our "Contact Us" page. We will e-mail you a free copy of the Overview and Implementation Manual along with pricing information and purchase options.

 

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Free Sample Template

Would  you like to have one of our templates? Simply check the "Please e-mail me the free sample Project Charter" on the Contact Us form to receive your template by e-mail. Please note that all templates use macros for the following purposes:

 

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