Overcoming first step challenges in project management is still of relevance

28 february 2017

“The implementation of project management is always a comprehensive challenge, which primarily has to do with changes to the existing management processes. Like any change, it faces significant resistance from the environment, particularly from the public sector,” said Pavel Shestopalov, Adviser to the Head of the Analytical Center, who moderated the “Project Management. Effective Launch” round table. The event was organized by the Administration of the Krasnodar Krai with support from the Analytical Center within the framework of the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi.

“The issues of overcoming first step challenges in the implementation of project management were already raised at the 3rd Annual Conference on the Practices of Project Management Implementation in the Public Sector, which was the final phase of Project Olympus 2016, a competition for professional managers of project activity in the public sector.  And they are still of relevance,” Mr. Shestopalov noted.

The round table participants shared their own, often unconventional solutions, realized by regional project offices at early stages of implementation. Judging from the results of an informal popular voting among the round table participants, the following practices were recognized as the most effective:

·         Experience of the Primorye Krai in issuing the Project Code – a document communicating the key ideas, rules and principles of project activity organization in the region to civil servants in a simple and illustrative form.

·         Proposal of the Federal Project Office for participation of head of the constituent entity in a launch of the region’s high priority projects and control arrangements with personal participation of head of the constituent entity.

·         Practices of the Project Office of the Primorye Krai in assessing the project competencies of civil servants with the aim of searching for employees with “project thinking” and involving them in project work.

·         Experience of the Kaluga Region in organizing training for project teams using pending projects as case studies, while drafting the initial versions of key documents in the course of workshops.

·         Proposal of the representatives of the Khanty-Mansijsk Autonomous District for the shaping, as part of the standard meetings, of platforms for a public discussion of issues related to specific projects.

“Participants voiced many more interesting and effective proposals for overcoming challenges inherent in the initial stage of project management implementation. All of them will end up in the best practices pool of the Project Olympus Competition and will be available to regions and authorities starting to implement project management ,” Mr Shestopalov noted.

The round table was attended by the representatives of the Federal Project Office and the constituent entities of the Russian Federation which have already achieved significant success in the implementation of project management.