Harvey A. Levine, Principal
The Project Knowledge Group
Saratoga Springs, NY and San Diego, CA.
Published here July 2001
A Successful Projects Environment
If our projects are to be successful, we must create an environment that will
recognize project leadership as a separate and distinct discipline, and provide
a structured organization to house these essential skills and to foster the development
of standards and expertise. Through the project office we accomplish the following:
- Clarify the role of projects and project management in the enterprise.
- Establish a standard project management methodology, including tools and
- Develop forms and templates to facilitate the development of project estimates,
plans, and reports.
- Provide for training in project management and project management tools.
- Provide guidance and mentoring.
- Develop a cadre of trained and competent project managers and project control
- Audit the implementation of project management in the enterprise and provide
assistance in complying with standard project management practices.
- Perform a watchdog role to assure that good project management practices
are being applied.
- Gather project experience and data for use in future projects and to improve
project management methods.
- Provide a neutral, centralized office for planning, negotiating and analyzing
projects, and for reporting throughout the enterprise.
- Provide a central, customer-focused office to care for the concerns of the
If you do not embrace the project office concept, then examine what you are
doing now for project management and ask if you are supporting all of the important
functions listed above.