What is Organisation Project Management (OPM)?

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What is Organisation Project Management (OPM)?
Expanding on Kerzner's enlightening perspective, OPM is essentially a strategic framework that seamlessly aligns project, program, and portfolio management with an organisation's overall strategy. This alignment ensures that every project, regardless of its size or complexity, contributes to the overarching success of the organisation, bringing its unique vision into tangible reality.

How Does OPM Work?
At the heart of OPM is the integration and alignment of all projects, programs, and portfolios within an organisation. The process and its impact are succinctly summarised in PMI's report, "Pulse of the Profession," where it's emphasised that OPM fosters efficient resource allocation and superior decision making, thereby setting the organisation on the path towards achieving its strategic goals.

What are the Benefits of OPM?
Over the years, I've found that the benefits of OPM are extensive and transformative. Some key ones are:
Strategic Alignment: Robert Buttrick, in "The Project Workout," highlights that OPM ensures all projects resonate with the organisation's strategic goals.

Improved Decision Making:
Jack Gido and James Clements, in their work "Successful Project Management," underscore OPM's contribution to enhancing decision-making capabilities.

Risk Management: Rita Mulcahy, in "Risk Management Tricks of the Trade for Project Managers," focuses on early risk identification and effective mitigation as integral benefits of OPM.

Efficiency and Cost Reduction: Lynda Bourne, in her book "Making Projects Work," illustrates how OPM can enhance operational efficiency and contribute to cost reduction.

How is OPM Set Up?
Setting up OPM involves a sequence of key steps outlined in "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)" by PMI. These steps include understanding the organisation's vision, evaluating the existing project management practices, creating a tailored OPM strategy, implementing this strategy, and consistently refining it to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.

Recommended Certifications for the Organisation
In my professional opinion, PMI's Organisational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) certification is an excellent choice for organisations. As noted by Mark Price Perry in "Implementing Organisational Project Management," this certification reflects an organisation's commitment to excellence in project management.

Recommended Certifications for Individuals Involved in Project Management
For individuals, I recommend the certifications highlighted by Kim Heldman in her comprehensive "PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide." These include the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and PRINCE2 certifications.

How woloyem Consulting could be a help?
Are you prepared to take the leap and implement OPM in your organisation? It's time to step forward, and I am here to guide you. Contact Woloyem today. We can assist you in setting up a robust OPM system, help you choose the most suitable certifications, and support you in navigating this transformative journey.
To conclude, OPM presents a strategic approach to ensure all project activities align with your organisation's overall goals. By embracing OPM, you are not just managing projects - you are strategically driving your organization towards its vision of success. As Harold Kerzner elegantly puts it, "The future of management is Project Management." Let's embrace this future together. Reach out to Woloyem today, and let's commence this exciting journey!

What are the benefits of Studying and getting certified in Project Management?

Improved Job Prospects: Earning a certification in project management can help you stand out from the competition and give you an edge when applying for jobs. It shows potential employers you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to manage projects successfully. 

Increased Salary Potential: In some industries, having a project management certification can help you command a higher salary. According to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) 2020 “Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey,” those with a PMP certification can earn over 20% more than their non-certified counterparts. 

Improved Problem-Solving Skills: Studying and preparing for a certification exam will help you develop and hone your problem-solving skills. This is an important skill in project management, as it helps you make decisions and develop strategies to ensure successful project completion. 

Widened Career Options: Project management certifications are widely recognised and accepted in many industries, allowing you to explore different career paths. With the right certification, you may be able to transfer your skills from one industry to another. 

Increased Job Security: Because of the current demand for project managers, earning a certification can provide you with job security. Employers will be more likely to keep you on staff if you are already equipped with the skills and knowledge to manage projects effectively.
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