Creating a Socio Economic Cultural Environment for Change
Organizations need to transform and solve new problems with new solutions. One way is to consider how project management, not change management, can become the process to create conditions for change, make change happen and make change stick. If this type of management can support values that contribute to meaningful work, build positive employee experiences, integrating with what leads to excellent customer experience, you are on your way to effective transformation. It can be helpful to have a project management office as a staff or line entity throughout the journey. Concentrating on the process necessary to implement a PMO rather than on the functions of the office itself is key. Project management can then become the way things are done being the difference between a PMO as a center of excellence – facilitating tools and techniques and sponsoring competencies to use them or as a cultural change agent – sponsoring project management as a core business process.
It’s about the environment, work and persons. To assess the environment we can tailor our Project Environment Assessment Tool.
PEAT™ is a gap analysis tool designed to measure how well organizations create and support an environment for successful projects for change through the execution or implementation vehicles of a PMO and / or multi disciplined project teams. It is not designed to measure the success of projects themselves.
When creating the tool project and senior managers were not asked how well they thought the organization supported project management. Rather, 70 practices were identified that actually happened, if management created an environment for successful projects, and then managers were asked if those practices happened on their current project.
For example, question two asks if “the senior management of the organization acted as a team to select this project?” In best practice organizations senior managers act as a team when selecting projects and this helps to promote good teamwork on the projects. In other organizations the opposite happens.
PEAT™ was thus designed to measure how well the best practice organizations practice the best practices. PEAT™ was also designed as an assessment tool so other organizations can see how they compare to “the best.”