Project Management

What constitutes an IT project?

An IT project managed by the Project Management Office (PMO) has a defined beginnning and end date, a defined scope, and set resources. The project must produce a unique product, service, or results in a significant change in information technology at McGill, and is expected to require over 75 person-days of effort.

What is the McGill IT Project Management Methodology?

The McGill IT Project Management Methodology (PMM) was developed using a combination of experience gained by managing projects at McGill and other organizations. It is based on recognised international project management standards, such as A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide ® - Fifth edition) from the Project Management Institutes (PMI), and incorporates elements from Fujitsu’s Macroscope Project Management Framework and Agile methodology. All IT projects at McGill are expected to adhere to the methodology.

What is the McGill IT Project Management Life Cycle?

The standard IT project lifecycle at McGill progresses through the following seven phases:

McGill IT Project Management Life Cycle

The selection of IT projects happens through the business need analysis and prioritization process. In some cases, an Opportunity Analysis Phase will be required to better understand the context and benefits of a proposed initiative and confirm if a project can be started or not. Once a project is approved and prioritized, a project manager is assigned by the PMO to prepare a Project Charter and schedule a kick-off meeting to start the Project Delivery (official Project Start).

At the end of each project, a Lessons Learned exercise takes place and a completion report is producted before the project can officially be closed and the Post-Project Review phase, led by the PMO, takes place. In coordination with the customer, this phases helps determine if intended project benefits defined at the onset have been realized and reviews the performance of the project.