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Chapter 18. Honor the System > Enhanced Performance

Enhanced Performance

Here’s the bottom-line benefit: enhanced performance, by an organization better at its core mission and better able to manage the business framework of that mission. How does an organization operate at this level? With project scopes that are well managed. Schedules that are seen as reliable and deliverable. Budgets that can be taken to the bank. And well-developed products that perform in line with expectations and needs. These attributes are routinely evidenced in high-performing IT shops. They are hallmarks of maturity, discipline, and captured experience. They represent a shop that is driven by an embedded organizational capability, whereas less mature, less effective shops tend to be driven by individual capabilities.

Of note, project management methodology, on its own, probably can’t take an IT shop to this level. But it should be seen as a powerful contributor to that goal, with the potential to significantly shape a shop toward that end. And in the end, that should be the goal of any technology organization. Effective project management is a shared partner in achieving that goal and is undeniably one of the most important components of successful operations.


  

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