IT'S YOUR PROJECT - AND WE GET IT.

Busting some of the jargon around projects and project management

Terminology

Like every profession, projects and their administration and execution have developed a language of their own. You’ll be fine if you focus on the size of the project and whether it has multiple parts leading to a whole. Project managers typically focus on the single outcome, while program people can deliver across several.

When looking for someone to run your project or program ask them questions about what they believe delivering a project/program is.

Here’s a tip: When looking for someone to run your project or program ask them questions about what they believe delivering a project/program is.

If you are interested in achieving the outcome but the PM tells you the project will be successful if they ‘do project management properly’ you have a problem.

We’ve never met a client who just wanted the paperwork done. Yet there are many PMs who think that’s the job…

One off activity which delivers a specific capability or capacity which cannot be delivered within a single business unit without impacting other activities.
Spans multiple business units and reporting lines, requiring coordination, cooperation, and multiple resources.

A collection of integrated projects delivering to a single outcome spanning multiple business units and reporting lines, requiring coordination, cooperation, and multiple resources.

A collection of projects and programs, however they don’t have to be integrated, and may have disparate outcomes. The clue to whether to include or not is whether they rely on any shared resources.

The person who delivers the project outcome to the satisfaction of the sponsor.

The person who wants something achieved that can’t be achieved in the normal course of business. The person with the vision/dream/goal, and the willingness and ability to get support and resources.

Strategic PMO

Assists in the assessment of projects against strategy. Is the single source of truth for Leadership teams about the status of programs/projects. Provides guidance and support to project managers, leaders and sponsors and others to ensure every one knows what is going on.

Administrative PMO

An administrative function to support a project or program.

The process of mapping a project into distinct, sequential phases, with each new phase beginning only when the prior phase has been completed.

An iterative approach to managing software development projects that focuses on continuous releases and incorporating customer feedback with every iteration. Also referred to as dynamic and iterative. Has built a cult like world around employing the approach but it’s not that hard. Unless you want it to be.