Project and Process Tailoring for the PMP® Exam
The A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) defines a project as “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.” With that said, it is important to also understand that an organization's project management processes will likely need to be tailored in order to ensure project success.
Project tailoring takes into consideration that project management processes are not "one size fits all", meaning, there will be many times when processes need to be adjusted (added, removed, or revised) in order to ensure project success.
Tailoring in project management can happen at any time and for any process being applied to a project.
As a project manager, you cannot blindly follow a methodology. You need to know how to assess a project to determine what processes will need to be adjusted to achieve a successful project outcome.
In this article, we are going to look at a very high-level method for process tailoring.
This 4-step method includes the following:
- Evaluate Existing Project Management Processes
- Assess the Project Tailoring Needs
- Document the Project Tailoring Process
- Re-Evaluate Project Management Processes