Strategic Planning for Project Management – Harold Kerzner – 1st Edition


“It has often been said that ‘to improve, one must be prepared to measure the improvement’ and ‘one must inspect what one expects.’ The Kerzner Project Management Maturity has provided this tangible measure of maturity. The rest is up to a company to set the expectations and to inspect the results.”–Bill Marshall, Nortel Global Project Standards (from the Foreword)

Strategic planning for project management-a proven model for assessment and continuous improvement

Harold Kerzner’s landmark Project Management has long been the of choice for outstanding coverage of the basic principles and concepts of project management. Now, with the Project Management Maturity Model (PMMM) detailed in this new , Kerzner has developed a unique, industry-validated tool for helping companies assess their progress in integrating project management throughout their organization.

Strategic Planning for Project Management Using a Project Management Maturity Model begins by examining the principles of strategic planning and how they relate to project management. The second part of the book introduces the PMMM, detailing the five different levels of development for achieving maturity, along with benchmarking instruments for measuring an organization’s progress along the maturity curve. These assessment tools can easily be customized to suit individual companies-a particularly valuable feature of the model.

Offering vital guidance for making project management a strategic tool for competitive advantage, this book helps managers, engineers, project team members, consultants, and others build a powerful foundation for company improvement and excellence.

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Table of Contents

1 The Need for Strategic Planning for Project Management 1
Introduction 1
Misconceptions 1
Wall Street Benefits 3
Stakeholders 4
Gap Analysis 5
Concluding Remarks 9

2 Impact of Economic Conditions on Project Management 11
Introduction 11
Historical Basis 11

3 Principles of Strategic Planning 15
General Strategic Planning 15
What Is Strategic Planning for Project Management? 16
Executive Involvement 25
The General Environment 26
Critical Success Factors for Strategic Planning 28
Qualitative Factors 29
Organizational Factors 30
Quantitative Factors 32
Identifying Strategic Resources 34
Why Does Strategic Planning for Project Management Sometimes Fail? 38

4 An Introduction to the Project Management Maturity Model (PMMM) 41
Introduction 41
The Foundation for Excellence 42
Overlap of Levels 43
Risks 45
Assessment Instruments 47

5 Level 1: Common Language 49
Introduction 49
Roadblocks 50
Advancement Criteria 51
Risk 52
Assessment Instrument for Level 1 52
Questions 53
Answer Key 63
Explanation of Points for Level 1 66

6 Level 2: Common Processes 67
Introduction 67
Life Cycles for Level 2 68
Roadblocks 71
Advancement Criteria 72
Risk 72
Overlapping Levels 73
Assessment Instrument for Level 2 73
Questions 74
Explanation of Points for Level 2 76

7 Level 3: Singular Methodology 77
Introduction 77
Integrated Processes 78
Culture 81
Management Support 82
Informal Project Management 83
Training and Education 83
Behavioral Excellence 85
Roadblocks 86
Advancement Criteria 86
Risk 87
Overlapping Levels 88
Assessment Instrument for Level 3 88
Questions 88
Answer Key 94
Explanation of Points for Level 3 96

8 Level 4: Benchmarking 99
Introduction 99
Characteristics 100
The Project Office/Center of Excellence 101
Benchmarking Opportunities 103
Roadblocks 105
Advancement Criteria 105
Assessment Instrument for Level 4 106
Questions 106
Explanation of Points for Level 4 109

9 Level 5: Continuous Improvement 111
Characteristics 111
Continuous Improvement Areas 112
The Never-Ending Cycle 114
Examples of Continuous Improvement 115
Developing Effective Procedural Documentation 116
Project Management Methodologies 122
Continuous Improvement 122
Capacity Planning 124
Competency Models 125
Managing Multiple Projects 127
End-of-Phase Review Meetings 129
Strategic Selection of Projects 130
Portfolio Selection of Projects 133
Horizontal or Project Accounting 136
Organizational Restructuring 138
Career Planning 140
Assessment Instrument for Level 5 141
Questions 141
Explanation of Points for Level 5 142

10 Sustainable Competitive Advantage 145
Introduction 145
Strategic Thrusts 146
The Need for Continuous Improvement 149
Project Management Competitiveness 150
Products versus Solutions 151
Enterprise Project Management 152
Engagement Project Management 153

11 Special Problems with Strategic Planning for Project Management 155
Introduction 155
The Many Faces of Success 156
The Many Faces of Failure 157
Training and Education 161
Cultural Change Management 162
Partnerships 176
The Impact of Risk Control Measures 177
Dependencies between Risks 179
Selecting the Appropriate Response Mechanism 182
Conclusions 184
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