Project Management, Processes, Procedures and PMBoK

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Hi,

today I’m going to describe some problems with Processes and Procedures within Projects. First of all what is Process, and what is Procedure?

A process is a set of activities that interact to achieve a result. A procedure is a document written to support a “policy directive”. A procedure is designed to describe who, what, where, when, and why by means of establishing corporate accountability in support of the implementation of a “policy”.

Now, for managing Project almost every company has prescribed Processes and Procedures. And that is good. Without that one severe problem will occur during the Project. Every single time when new Project starts, Project Manager and the Team will have to start from the scratch. With this said I mean that instead of Planning the Project, PM and the team should start with: “How will we do it? Which tools should be best, which approach should be best, etc”. and this is waste of time, which they  do not have. On the other hand, if there are Processes and Procedures prescribed for managing Projects, PM and the Team will be familiar with them, and therefore they will know exactly how to manage the Project upfront. It doesn’t mean that it will leave them without usual problems in the project, but it will help you with Planning, Execution, and most important, Monitoring, Controlling the Project and when problem occur, fixing it!

As usual, there is always – BUT! I saw many time that Processes and Procedures are burden to the Project. why is it so? According to PMBoK: “Project is temporary endeavor undertaken for creating unique product, service or result!”. U N I Q U E! There is no such a thing like two SAME Projects. They can be similar, but they cannot be SAME! Therefore each and every Project should start with the simple, but important question: “Which Procedures and Processes should we change (adopt), which we should throw away, and which must be added as new ones for this particular Project?”. Procedures and Processes are not written in a stone. They are here for help PM and Project Team, but they should be adopted to every single Project. If Management insists to use every single Process and Procedure for every single Project, then they are on the wrong way.

Finally, PMBoK- The Project Management Body of Knowledge by PMI. It is framework which has a lot of Procedure and Processes inside. But also you can find inside remarks which says that they should be used if you need them, and how you need them. Of course, there are some exceptions. For example, Project without Project Charter could not exist, neither without Project Plan, WBS, etc. But other parts should be used if, and how you need them.

Regards!

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About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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One Response to Project Management, Processes, Procedures and PMBoK

  1. giedriusza says:

    This situation regarding processes can be simply named as process tailoring, PM has a freedom to choose what processes to use in particular project. If you have complex project PM will use more processes, if its quite simple project – maybe only general processes (project charter, requirements, scope/schedule/cost baselines etc) is quite enough

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