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Enterprise Environmental Factors vs Organizational Process Assets

Enterprise Environmental Factors vs Organizational Process Assets

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Enterprise Environmental Factors vs Organizational Process Assets

Two of the most common inputs to the PMBOK® Guide processes are enterprise environmental factors and organizational process assets.

Enterprise Environmental Factors

Enterprise environmental factors are internal and external environmental factors that can influence a project’s success, including:

  • Organizational culture
  • Organizational structure
  • Internal and external political climate
  • Existing human resources
  • Available capital resources
  • Regulatory environment
  • Financial and market conditions

Enterprise environmental factors are an input to 27 of the 47 processes.

Organizational Process Assets

Organizational process assets include any of the organization’s process assets that may be used to ensure project success.

They generally fall into two categories:

  • Processes, guidelines, and procedures, such as: organizational standard processes, standardized guidelines, templates
  • The corporate knowledge base, such as, lessons learned, historical information, past project files (I call this: The Repository of Goodness)

Organizational process assets are an input to 38 of the 47 processes.

Example

As we started the project to develop PMI-ACP (Agile Practitioner) courseware, for organizational process assets, we leveraged our course book templates that are used for all of our course materials. In addition, as we developed our approach, we took into consideration the lessons learned from our past courseware development projects.

Regarding enterprise environmental factors, we took into consideration the market demand for Agile certifications, the expertise that resided in our immediate development team, and the resources that were available to us.

Summary

Enterprise environmental factors are the internal and external influences on our project, such as the corporate culture or the financial environment.

Organizational process assets are the procedures, guidelines, templates that we can use on our project as well as the corporate knowledge base, such as past project reports and lessons learned.

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6 Comments

  1. Mardie on December 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    This was the clearest explanation I’ve heard thus far. I think I finally ‘get’ it. Thanks!

  2. Grace on June 16, 2016 at 2:44 am

    On point! best explanation has read so far.

  3. Venkatram on July 17, 2016 at 2:07 am

    What a great way to put it in a nutshell !!

    (Organisational Process ) Assets = Things we use
    (Enterprise Environmental) Factors = Things we consider

    I always found them a bit overlapping in the sense that I interpreted Enterprise Environmental Factors to be more of external.

    Thanks Belinda !!

  4. Chaitanya A on September 7, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Concise and precise!

  5. Blancett on April 21, 2017 at 7:23 am

    This is very helpful. I like the quote “The Repository of Goodness” that will help me remember this for the upcoming PMP test.

  6. Joaquin Esteban Ponte Diaz on June 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you for your explanation, it was very clear!

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