Companies that have become extremely successful in project management have done so by performing strategic planning for project management. These companies are not happy with just matching the competition. Instead, they opt to exceed the performance of their competitors. To do this on a continuous basis requires processes and methodologies that promote continuous rather than sporadic success.
Figure 5-1 identifies the hexagon of excellence. The six components identified in the hexagon of excellence are the areas where the companies excellent in project management exceed their competitors. Each of these six areas is discussed in Chapters 5 to 10. We begin with integrated processes.
As we discussed in Chapter 1, since 1985 several new management processes (e.g., concurrent engineering) have supported the acceptance of project management. The most important complementary management processes and the years they appeared to be integrated into project management are listed next. It should be understood that many of these processes were introduced years before they were integrated into project management processes.