This site outlines a shared project management methodology for the central IT organizations of the University of Illinois System. It was produced as a collaboration between IT project manager leaders within ACCC, AITS, CITES, BIS, and ITS. A consistent project management methodology, developed, endorsed, and used by central IT organizations will improve predictability, understanding, and performance of our project initiatives.
The project management methodology outlined is based on the Project Management Institute’s approved standards that are accepted and utilized widely by the project management community in both business and education. The goal of the project management methodology is to provide a consistent approach to project management that improves project predictability, project communications, and overall project performance across the U of I System.
This methodology provides a minimal framework to assist project managers, as well as managers functioning as project managers, in the planning and execution of projects. Additionally, the methodology provides a repeatable and documented process for use in communicating a roadmap for both project team members and management.
In addition to the project management methodology, supporting product development processes are required for the project management processes to be highly effective. While product development processes are an essential and integrated part of successful project execution, this web site does not address the product development processes.
This material is provided as reference and as a starting point for other System organizations wishing to adopt a simple set of project management practices. For information on our service offering, please see the Project Management Service Description.
Project management activities are typically divided into 5 phases. These standards address all five:
A full list of project artifacts by phase is available as is some starter definitions for projects and work requests.
While product development processes (waterfall, agile, prototyping, etc) are an essential and integrated part of successful project execution, this web site does not address the product development processes.
While the tools and techniques can be used successfully on individual projects, the most benefit will come from implementing a standard for all projects within your organization. The recommendations for implementing a project management framework or set of standards such as these are: