229 c. Your organization will succeed in its ambitions to survive and grow if it is successful in managing change. In order to survive it must change in response to the changing market environment, and, in order to grow, it must initiate change proactively as well as responsively.
Projects are the means to bring about change, whether it is large or small. They are the means to get things done which are not parts of current day-to-day activities. Hence, projects are key to the future of an organization. It is imperative that you identify, select and deliver the right projects in the most efficient way.
Project managers are a vital part of this process. The organization depends on them at all stages of a project, from defining what it will do, through selecting the right project, delivering projects with maximum benefits, to ensuring that learning is captured. Success in turning change into a competitive weapon depends on project managers.
This book is intended to help project managers achieve consistently high standards in everything they do. It does not replace experience or common sense, but it does provide a convenient single reference source to lock in good practice, jog memory, reduce time spent searching for guidance, and help avoid known pitfalls. Project managers should keep this guide on hand and make use of it continuously.