Outsourcing project management is one of the services that I offer to organizations through pmmentor (my consulting business based in Croatia). But what outsourcing exactly means within project management context?
When an organization has troubles managing one of their projects, they can contract me or my associates to manage it for them. They can even contract the whole project management team.
There may be a number of reasons why they would want to outsource this function, but most often this is because they don’t have enough of available people, skills, or funds to do it on their own.
You could be interested in this set of short articles either if you are an employed project manager, or if you are providing outsourcing project management services, because you can compare the two and then position yourself better with your employer or client.
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Since I started my independent consulting work I got particularly interested in this topic. Recently I did a small research among my colleagues who also manage projects for others.
It was a rather non-scientific research, mind you, but I think the results might be indicative. I presented these results at PMI Forum 2010 -- an excellent conference organized by the PMI Chapter Zagreb, Croatia. Here’s what I have found out.
Please note that this article is NOT necessarily about off-shoring (outsourcing to another country), which is sometimes mistakenly understood as the same thing as outsourcing.
Not surprisingly, outsourcing of project management is interesting mainly to organizations which really see the value in project management. The value of project management is a whole different topic though, so I’ll skip that part here. But let’s just mention that there is an increasing body of evidence that project management really does bring measurable benefits to organizations that use it.
Now, let’s say that you are representing an organization, you recognize the value of project management, and you want your project to succeed. The role of your project manager should be pretty significant to you. The question is then: do you want your project manager to be your employee, or do you want to outsource project management to somebody from outside the organization?
Let’s have a look at some of the considerations that could influence your outsourcing decision. Continue reading the following articles about outsourcing your project management needs:
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