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Project Management

What constitutes an IT project?

A significant IT project is a finite effort, with a clear start and end. This includes:

  • Projects requiring a minimum of 20 person-days of effort
  • Projects, large or small, that involve significant change management on campus.

It is not part of an IT unit's ongoing operations, service, or maintenance responsibilities, although these may also be tracked as Operations/Support projects.

Major IT projects at McGill are selected, tracked and managed using the framework and methodology developed by the Project Management Office.

What is Project Management?

Project management is the planning, scheduling and controlling of project objectives.
- James P. Lewis, Fundamentals of ProjectManagement

To improve the management of projects delivered by the IT units, the Project Management Office (PMO) is developing an IT Project Management Methodology, based on the (Project Management Institute's PMI) methodologies, also outlined in A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide, 3rd edition).

The following illustrates the phases of the Project Management Process, as defined by PMI.

We encourage you to consult the sub-pages on the left, each corresponding to one of the Project Management Process phases -- Initiating, Planning, and so forth.

Contact us at the PMO: To view PMO employee names and contact information, visit the Staff Directory.