A Project Guide to Assist You

26 October 2010

A project guide is a documented path that has been proven to succeed. This is why many project managers decide to use one. While it is true that each individual project and the associated manager are different, a guide can be useful when these variables are put into the calculation.

A project guide is just a guide and not meant to be used exactly as written. The reason is because each project will need to have adjustments or modifications to what is written in a guide to fit the particular needs of your project.

Within a project guide, there is a section where project management templates are introduced. These will be used slightly different by each user. The templates themselves are somewhat of a guide for the project manager. These preformatted pages help to devise the necessary paperwork that all projects need to proceed in the execution phase of the project.

While not all project guides are internationally accepted, most and the best ones to use are recognized by the international community for providing the fundamentals in project set up, preparation, planning and other management areas of guiding a project to a successful conclusion.

The different industries where a project guide is available include construction, manufacturing, software development, and engineering, along with many others. The focus of these guides is the writing, documentation, discussions and implementation of the different concepts that are needed during a project.

The very first recognized project guide was published in 1996. The Project Management Institute published the Project Management Body of Knowledge then, which is now followed as the same standard practices and guides of ISO 9000 and other internationally recognized standards of the day.

There are a total of 42 different processes that are listed and described as input devices, tools and techniques used in a project and output devices. The categories for these processes are the same as a project life cycle. They are initiation, planning, execution and monitoring of the project, and conclusion.

When a project manager uses a project guide to formulate the game plan for developing the deliverable for their company, it has the best chance of success because the path followed in the guide is a proven mechanism that has shown success in the past. To make your project a success, you must implement it properly with the correct modifications for your specific needs.