How to... manage a project

A project is a unique, temporary endeavour undertaken to achieve a desired outcome (APM).

Major projects at UWE which meet certain thresholds require senior level approval to ensure that there is a sound business case, that they are aligned with the 2020 Strategy and properly resourced and managed. 

The Project Management Framework (PMF) provides the standards and governance arrangements which are expected of these major projects. The PMF provides

The PMF can also be used for other projects. For these, you should tailor it to suit the individual project. In UWE, projects are managed by a range of people, from qualified project managers, to people fitting it in alongside their day job. The PMF is for everyone in UWE who is looking to start a project, run a project or take part in a project.

What you'll need

If you're starting a project:

  • a clear description of the reason for the project – see Why this project?. There's no need to have decided on a solution.
  • a list of stakeholders - both those who may be involved in solving the problem, and beneficiaries if it's solved
  • someone responsible for the business area who supports the project

Step by step

  1. Pre-project - define your project and put together your business case, to seek approval and funding. 
  2. Initiation - put the project organisation into place
  3. Delivery - run the project
  4. Post-project - close the project, and hand over to the business, make sure the intended benefits are happening.

Each step includes a variety of activities and requirements, which are detailed in the Project Management Framework

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