Project management is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals. (PMI, Project Management Institute)
Project Management is critical to business performance and organizational success. Higher Project Management maturity correlates with higher performance and organizational success. (PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC Global PM Survey, 2012)
The benefits of good project management include:
- Increased likelihood of project success
- Improved use of resources and coordination of effort
- Identification and management of risks throughout the project
- Potential for time and cost savings
- Increased likelihood of achieving agreed project outcomes
The NIH Office of the CIO (OCIO) supports the development of NIH project management expertise by providing the following services:
- Works with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), other DHHS OPDIVs, and NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) to develop and share standards, templates, frameworks, and guides
- Provides community networking opportunities for sharing of lessons learned and best practices through monthly community presentations and brown bag meetings
- Supports the issuance of Project Management Institute (PMI) credits for training and community presentations
- Develops a cadre of skilled project management resources by providing professional development opportunities to improve skills, and performance
- Creates and refines a NIH Project Management training program that aligns with federal and HHS Federal Acquisition Certification for Project and Program (FAC P/PM) requirements
- Supports HHS wide efforts to develop and refine HHS Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC) methodology
- Represents NIH project management community’s needs to the DHHS.
Project Management Community
The Project Management Community (PMC) draws members from across NIH. Being part of the community helps Project Managers to compare notes with their colleagues, share best practices and work to find solutions to common problems.
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Project Management Training
OCIO offers training classes directly related to IT Project Management to NIH staff. Training is offered on various topics including Requirements Management, Quality Management, Risk Management, Scheduling and Cost, Earned Value Management, Systems Integration Project Management, and so on.
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HHS’ Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC)
A key to successful IT management is a solid project management methodology that incorporates best government and commercial practices through a consistent and repeatable process, and provides a standard structure for planning, managing and overseeing IT projects over their entire life cycle. The Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC), HHS’ standard project management methodology, has been implemented at NIH to align IT projects with business needs and to improve the delivery of IT solutions on schedule and within budget.
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For more information about the Project Management activities, contact: PMCommunity@mail.nih.gov