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Project Management Methodology Guide PDF

An Introduction to the PM² Guide

This guide provides an introduction to the PM² Project Management Methodology. It has been kept as lean as possible while still providing enough information to help you understand and start using the PM² Methodology effectively.

This guide is:

  • For entry-level Project Managers and project teams wishing to learn more about Project Management and the PM² Methodology.
  • For experienced Project Managers (PMs) and team members who wish to learn more about the PM² Methodology.
  • A source of information that will enable Project teams to start using the PM² Methodology in their projects.

It provides:

  • A common vocabulary (glossary) that makes it easier for project teams to communicate and apply project management concepts.
  • Best practices– it’s up to the Project Managers and project teams to choose the PM² practices that will bring the most value to their projects.
  • A link to the Agile PM² and to the PM² Project Portfolio Management models.
  • Links to PM² resources (online resources, artifact templates, and examples).

About the PM² Methodology

PM² is a Project Management Methodology developed by the European Commission. Its purpose is to enable Project Managers (PMs) to deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations by effectively managing project work. PM² has been created considering the environment and needs of EU Institutions and projects, in order to facilitate the management of projects’ complete lifecycle.

PM² incorporates elements from a wide range of globally accepted project management best practices, described in standards and methodologies, as well as relevant European Commission communications and operational experience from various internal and external projects.

PM² is a light and easy-to-implement methodology that makes it possible for project teams to tailor it to their specific needs. PM² is fully supported by a comprehensive training program, workshops, coaching sessions, online documentation, and an active Community of Practice (CoP) (currently only available within the European Commission and a number of affiliate European Institutions).

The PM² Methodology provides:
  1. A project governance structure.
  2. Process guidelines.
  3. Artifact templates.
  4. Guidelines for using artifacts.
  5. A set of effective mindsets.
PM² improves the effectiveness of project management by:
  • Improving communication and the dissemination of information.
  • Clarifying expectations as early as possible in the project’s lifecycle.
  • Defining the project lifecycle (from Initiating to Closing).
  • Providing guidelines for project planning.
  • Introducing monitoring and control activities that are necessary for managing a project.
  • Proposing management activities and outputs (plans, meetings, decisions).
  • Providing a link to agile practices (Agile PM²).

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