Project Management & Organization

 

Project Management (PM) is about successfully planning for and executing a project within given constraints such as time, budget and scope. Traditional PM phases include: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring / controlling and closing. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) also recognizes nine areas of knowledge and processes that are essential to support the project. We can build on these conventional techniques and have the opportunity to tailor proven methods and processes to meet the needs of our evolving healthcare system.


Project management in the ever-changing field of healthcare must facilitate actual healthcare business cases and processes. There is advancement toward tracking progress and evaluating outcomes of projects in the current healthcare environment. Often, evaluation is undertaken at the closing phase of a project, which allows an organization to assess overall success, from project initiation to completion. Although valuable, this approach does not facilitate ongoing incremental evaluation. Incorporating evaluation into project management supports re-distribution of resources, re-evaluation of project objectives, attention to strengths and risks, and heightened awareness of the comprehensive project strategy. 

 

Project Management Phases Incorporating Project Evaluation Include:

 

  • Project Discovery / Baseline Evaluation 
  • Project Feasibility
  • Project Business Case
  • Project Definition
  • Project Conception / Initiation
  • Project Planning
  • Project Implementation / Execution
  • Project Evaluation
  • Project Monitoring / Controlling
  • Project Support & Resources
  • Project Maintenance / Sustainability
  • Project Closure
  • Project Evaluation
  • Future Considerations & Recommendations
  • Knowledge Dissemination Strategies