Do I really need that project management process?

I work across many projects in many industries and often come across what I class as the “newbie project managers”. Sometimes they just don’t get it.

They are easy to spot, just listen for the ones that recite the text book and believe that every process should be implemented for every project.

Project Management Frameworks are a guide to assist you and they all need some level of customisation to fit your project, industry and scale of your project to be effective.

Think about it a little more… If you were building a simple content managed website for a regular customer or a large information management system for the federal government, would you apply the same processes at with the same levels of detail to achieve the end result? I bet you would not! (I doubt that any experienced good project manager would)

A direct quote from the PMBOK Guide states the following:

This does not mean that the knowledge, skills, and processes described should always be applied uniformly on all projects. For any given project, the project manager, in collaboration with the project team is always responsible for determining which processes are appropriate and the appropriate degree or rigor for each process.

It is often a tough call to make, deciding on which processes are in and which processes are out when planning your next project.

We need to be competitive in today’s markets and cannot afford to have bloated project management processes that end up costing our clients more. Bloated and expensive processes will not win business, unless the client is dumb and has too much money to throw around. In that case, please send me some money too!

We also have to be sure that the processes we apply have sufficient detail and allow us to manage our projects with sufficient control. There is no point implementing an incomplete project management process that allows your clients to control your project, this is simply going to end up costing you a lot of money when you are not able to properly manage project scope. This is the recipe for disaster.

Think about what you do, apply the necessary processes and manage your projects well. Controlled projects are the key to success. They will leave you with happy clients, happy projects, and more money in the bank!