Projects and project management have been used for several thousand years. For the last 40 years we can see a move towards more professionalism in project management. During this time the focus has shifted from scheduling to softer skills such as leadership and team building. Today the trend is more towards organizational project management and the impact of the organization, its culture, its processes and its standards on the projects. Of course the individual is still a major factor in the success of an individual project. For the organization, however, it is of vital importance to choose the right project, to optimize the resources and to be mindful of how different projects interact. Another factor that is of growing importance is ensuring that the results and benefits from the projects are realized and are of value to the organization. We have moved to a more holistic view. OPGport aims for a holistic view of projects, project management and organizational project management.
“A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result” (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK® Guide, 4th edition, PMI 2008).
PMBOK® Guide and this definition are the foundations of the model and templates available from OPGport. The Project Model is also aligned with the Program and Portfolio Models.