Do the right things, and do things right
Projects continue to fail at an alarming and unacceptable level. 60% of projects fail, they:
Overrun time estimates by 84%
Overrun cost estimates by 43%
Substantially fail to support business processes
Substantially fail to deliver benefits
CHAOS Report, The Standish Group, 2004
Adopting a recognised project management methodology will help to mitigate some of these failures, but that is only half the story. Project management methods specify the right things to do but they don’t explain how to deliver the actual products of the project. To do things right, you need a product delivery methodology.
Based on 18 years experience of working with our customers to deliver projects, CEC has developed a unique model that integrates project management and product delivery methods to provide an end-to-end project lifecycle, known as Framework™. Framework™ can be integrated with the leading project management methodologies to provide organisations with a complete Project Lifecycle.
Benefits of a Project Lifecycle
The benefits of having a defined, repeatable project process are well documented and include:
A business-wide standard for all projects using common terminology
Increased teamworking and easier communications
A repeatable process and deliverables with pre-defined templates and examples
Increased project productivity through re-use and shared experience
Increased levels of transferable skills between projects
Improved delivery of promised performance, cost and schedule
Easier collaboration with external stakeholders and suppliers
An integrated business, IT and engineering perspective
A key enabler for greater process and capability maturity in projects.
Bringing Project Management and Product Delivery Together
Project management methods such as PRINCE2 and PMBOK have been in use for a number of years and are suitable for use on any type of project. However, these methods only cover the management and control of the project, not the delivery of the products themselves. For this, delivery methods such as SSADM, DSDM and RUP have evolved. Both project management and product delivery lifecycles are needed on projects.
The key to successful deployment of a project lifecycle is the selection, tailoring and integration of project management and product delivery methodology within an organisation. CEC’s Framework™ Project Lifecycle is written in business terminology and incorporates business standards, policies, techniques, templates, tools, and checklists. It provides practical guidance for executing projects through defined processes, or paths, for example small project, RAD, eBusiness, Agile.
Framework™ integrates project management and product
delivery methods to provide an end-to-end project
lifecycle. This is facilitated through change domains
and supporting disciplines – key components of the
Framework™ method. The result is a pragmatic,
consistent and proven approach to more successful
CEC Europe understands that “one size” does not fit all when it comes to methodologies. Successful deployment is predicated on selecting and tailoring the appropriate method content and providing clear and unambiguous processes for each key type of project.
To deliver a tailored full Project Lifecycle Methodology (along with supporting education and training) to an organisation, we follow a well-proven process management and improvement approach.
Establish the business objectives and goals to be addressed, the key performance indicators to be achieved and the business benefits to be delivered. Involve the Executive Sponsor and a Scoping Team of senior business.
Gather the requirements for the scoped project lifecycle and supporting components from the business community. A maturity assessment is also undertaken to determine the current position of the whole organisation.
The scoped requirements are developed into a design for the delivered project lifecycle including changes in the supporting domains (information, process, technology, application, location, organisation, education & training, testing, operations & maintenance and security). The requirements are also mapped to existing methodologies and frameworks to facilitate re-use of best-practice.
The components are developed or sourced and tested by the development team.
The delivered lifecycle and supporting components are acceptance tested by the business prior to roll-out. Amendments and updates are made.
All developed components are rolled-out to the business, typically as a phased deployment. Supporting education & training is provided, including training of the operations & maintenance function, prior to formal handover.
The loop is closed so that the lifecycle is continuously developed and improved based on feedback and lessons learned.
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