As the initiative begins, it is the primary project managers responsibility to ensure that all project resources know the milestone dates and necessary documentation, including a communications plan, status meetings, designs, programs, test plans and sign off criteria. This is where the adjunct methodologies come into play, as the sub-groups branch out to deliver their pieces of the initiative.
One of the benefits of a project management methodology is the creation of project templates. These standard documents should be used within all initiatives and departments to continue to promote the use of the methodology, to capture project information and to ensure that as resources move across the organization; they will be skilled in how to deliver any type of project.
Show Me the Money
Projects that are delivered on-time are also typically delivered within budget. In the current economic climate, discretionary projects are being cut and having a reputation as a department that can deliver is paramount to long-term survival. CIO satisfaction ratings typically are measured on their ability to deliver projects and to preserve budget dollars. Having a standard and fully utilized project management methodology is one key factor in achieving this success.
Sue Bergamo is the former CIO at Aramarks WearGuard & Galls companies. She can be reached at email@example.com.