Author: Eric Jelenje, PMP

Eric Jelenje

In the March 2022 newsletter, we read how the launch of the PMBOK7 has heralded a revised approach to project management as a discipline, particularly in emphasizing the indispensability of “Tailoring” to projects and directing practitioners towards value delivery as the ultimate yardstick of project success.

These issues were at the heart of the conversation during the Chapter’s recent live event, “How to Tailor Your Project Based on PMBOK7 (An Opening to Hybridization)” held on April 7th, 2022 at the Hotel Montbrillant in Geneva.

Setting the backdrop for the discussions with his keynote presentation, hybridization expert Stéphane Derouin introduced PMBOK7’s “new vision”, a perspective driven by the view that projects, programmes and portfolios are part of an organisation’s ecosystem and their importance goes beyond the deliverables they initially create.

Referencing the shift in content to the Project Management Principles and Project Performance Domains, Stéphane directed the audience to the night’s primary theme of Tailoring. 

The presentation extended to defining and justifying tailoring, outlining the tailoring process, and the Waterfall, Agile and Hybrid approaches as the primary Tailoring options.

Using examples from past consulting assignments, Stéphane demonstrated how organisations use decision matrices to make tailoring choices; this helps bring clarity to an otherwise deep and quite complex process. 

The key takeaways of the night?

In a world filled with uncertainty, ambiguity, complexity, volatility and risk, Tailoring can provide the flexibility and agility organisations need to consistently deliver value through projects. 

Tailoring requires competent project leaders adept at both agile and waterfall methodologies, thus requiring priority within organizational learning and development planning. 

Concluding the discussions with a Q+A session, participants were then treated to a networking apéro. This was the perfect conclusion to what was a wonderful evening of food, drinks and memorable conversations.

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