Category Archives: PM Maturity – The 7Es

This sub-category is specific to the SUKAD Way – Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity

How to lead mega projects to success – part 2 (with videos English + Arabic)

Every once in a while we focus on a certain topic and write a few articles about. Recently, we had a few posts with videos on terminology differences, and before that, we cover agile for capital projects. The most recent posts have been about large-complex, or mega projects.

We have to admit, today’s post might reiterate some points from earlier posts — AND — it is also a bit commercial in nature since it is related to a learning program that SUKAD has developed and is offering to deal with the challenges of mega projects.

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Proper Stage-Gate Methodology abd early planning can save 25% on project schedule

How to lead large and complex (mega) projects to success?

This post is specific to Executives, especially those leading Project Owners’s Organizations.

How to lead large and complex (mega) projects to success?

How you can minimize the chance of delays and overruns and maximizing value to your shareholders?

In a recent article, we wrote and recorded video on why project owners organizations are afraid of project management. That was a tough article to write since it could have touched on organizational culture and pride but nonetheless, the message has to be said. Continue reading

SUKAD Published Books

What are SUKAD contribution to project management?

This post is part of our outreach and a bit of promotion. Today, we present our knowledge sharing initiatives and activities. Continue reading

What are the performance metrics for managing projects?

How do organizations measure project and project management performance? Is it based on a customer satisfaction survey or is there more to it? Is it enough to measure the performance of a given project or should we also measure the organizational performance in delivering projects? Continue reading

Is building a PMO the right answer or do we need OPM?

This article (actually a presentation) is a follow up to the last post on OPM.

At the end of September 2014, we had the pleasure and opportunity to support the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF.ae) where we led a 3-hour workshop on how to build the organizational project management system. The workshop slides were in the previous post.

In addition to the workshop, we had a short presentation on how to transform from PMO (project management office) to OPM (organizational project management).

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How to build an organizational project management system?

In the past we did publish a few articles about project management office (PMO), organizational project management (OPM), project management methodology, and similar topics.

At the end of September 2014, we had the pleasure and opportunity to support the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF.ae) where we led a 3-hour workshop on how to build the organizational project management system. Continue reading

How to implement OPM system – the PMI way

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has just published Implementing Organizational Project Management: Practice Standard.

In this – just published standard – it emphasize the importance of tailoring a project management methodology. However, the main focus is on implementing an organizational system. We are happy to see this publication especially that we have been advocating the need for an organizational approach to building an effective and sustainable system. For example, in Chapter 5 of our recent book, Redefining the Basics of Project Management, we discussed the challenges facing project management and one of them is the lack of an institutional (organizational) project management approach.

However, what was interesting are the following:

  • This new standard dedicated a chapter for the need to tailor a project management methodology. We do not want to brag – may be a little – SUKAD developed The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ (CAM2P™) back in 2007; 7 years before this standard. We had published our first book on CAM2P™ in 2010, a series of e-books in 2013 and now  Redefining the Basics of Project Management.
The-SUKAD-CAM2P-Model

The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects™ (CAM2P™)

The SUKAD 7Es™ (Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity)

The SUKAD 7Es™ (Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity™) – a Model for Building the Organizational Project Management System

IN OTHER Words

1. We are ahead of PMI
2. What we have does not contradict PMI 

In the future we will write more about this subject!

How to build a sustainable organizational project management system?

How to build a sustainable organizational project management system? Why is it important to build such a system? We have a PMO, is not this enough?

Join us for a workshop in Singapore on how to build and sustain the Organizational Project Management System, from policies to methods, processes, procedures … Continue reading

Possible Program Life Cycle

How to implement a project management organizational system – 2?

Introduction

This article is a continuation on past articles and an extended discussion on the last post.

As a refresher, to build an effective and sustainable project management organizational system (PMOS), we presented our preferred approach, which is founded on three principles:

  1. Use a program management approach, in other words, treat the PMOS implementation initiative as a program rather than a project,
  2. Use an extended approach, meaning build the system over 1 to 3 years and not an intensive 3 to 6 months style,
  3. Follow the SUKAD Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity™ model (The 7Es™).

In the last post,  we re-touched on the 7Es™ and why an extended approach. Today, we will discuss: why do we propose the program approach? Continue reading

How to implement a project management organizational system – 1?

Introduction

A few days ago, we published an article under the title “forget about building the PMO, build the project management (organizational) system” – let us abbreviate it as PMOS. In that article, we touched on our preferred approach, which is founded on three principles:

  1. Use a program management approach, in other words, treat the PMOS implementation initiative as a program rather than a project,
  2. Use an extended approach, meaning build the system over 1 to 3 years and not an intensive 3 to 6 months style,
  3. Follow the SUKAD Seven Elements of Project Management Maturity™ model (The 7Es™).

The above is our suggested approach, which organizations can consider in full or in parts. In this article and the next few articles, we will expand on the above. Continue reading