PMP and ITIL - Framework Methodologies With Valuable Synergy - Introduction (#1 in the series PMP and ITIL - Framework Methodologies With Valuable Synergy)
By Paul T Rice
For a long time, IT professionals were apt to believe that ITIL and project management certification (PMP) were conflicting frameworks, and you were either certified in one or the other, but rarely both. The ITIL framework and project management framework both serve different purposes to be sure, but when combined within an organization, they ultimately create great synergy. The ITIL framework, a lifecycle that addresses the way an IT organization operates, is first and foremost business driven and answers the question “Are we doing the right things?” The project management framework addresses the implementation of projects throughout the organization, requiring that companies ask “Are we doing things the right way?”
The UK Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is responsible for the management and distribution of materials on the ITIL framework. The OGC also controls another framework called PRINCE2, a project management framework used primarily in the Europe. Both the ITIL framework and the PRINCE2 project management framework follow a lifecycle approach to their respective subjects.
In the US, the Project Management Institute manages the PMP certification which does have overlap with the PRINCE2 project management framework. The PMP certification is based on content contained in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), a book published by the PMI. The PMBOK is organized around nine knowledge areas that are utilized throughout a project’s existence.
If you’re in the “ITIL and PMP both say too much of the same thing, so why learn both?” school of thought, think again. Combining the ITIL framework and the project management framework allows you the ability to execute projects with a higher level of quality, as they both provide a detailed set of instructions on how IT organizations should operate. Despite minor structural differences, the combination of both the ITIL framework and the project management framework can be highly beneficial for any IT organization, and there is a genuine hope that IT professionals will begin to understand why they need to be certified in both ITIL and Project Management.
Paul T. Rice, the Director of Training Services at Fruition Partners, is an IT consultant and professional instructor with over 18 years experience managing large IT projects, developing effective teams, and providing Strategic Consulting and Education services to many Fortune 500 IT leaders globally. He is an ITIL Implementation consultant for Fruition Partners, and among the businesses he works with, WestLake Training and Development, an information technology training company, has benefited from his knowledge as an accredited IT instructor, an ITIL Service Manager, and a subject matter expert in Applications Management.
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