The original version of the North Dakota State Project Management Guidebook was published in November 2004. It was developed through the North Dakota Enterprise Project Management (EPM) process and designed to assist project managers in carrying out their duties. The Guidebook was based on information provided at the courtesy of the New York State Office for Technology (copyright 2001). The ND authoring body then took generally accepted principles of project management and refined and incorporated them into a project management lifecycle consistent with ND policies and practices. The team also worked to align the Guidebook with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), the recognized ANSI standard for project management.
In 2010, the EPM process evolved into a new entity—the Enterprise Architecture Domain Team for Project Management (EAPM). The EAPM is a group of dedicated and experienced agency project managers who provide project management advice and strategic direction to state government. This team became responsible for revising and maintaining the Guidebook, and subsequent versions of the Guidebook have been produced by the EAPM.
Under the direction of the EAPM, the Guidebook is now the living document it was initially intended to be. Starting with a major revision in 2013, the book began to be produced solely online utilizing Drupal Books. This means that the content may be updated more frequently. If you have any ideas for how to improve the Guidebook, please send an e-mail to the Domain Team. Please include your name, contact information, and a detailed explanation of your suggestion(s). The EAPM team lead maintains a log of comments and proposed changes. Once per quarter the team lead will bring this list to the EAPM group for review. The EAPM team lead will contact you if necessary to discuss your comments and/or invite you to present your ideas at an EAPM meeting, if required.
Since 2004, the Guidebook has provided a common methodology for project managers to use in managing projects to encourage individual project managers across the state to approach each project endeavor with the same discipline and tools. The project management process outlined in the Guidebook is common to all business areas and across all agencies. Additionally, the Guidebook defines the appropriate roles and expectations for project processes regardless of the type of project (technology projects, engineering projects, business process improvement projects, etc.). The Guidebook, in combination with ND procurement standards, also provides guidance for contracting with third-party vendors. The EAPM members hope you will use the Guidebook as a personal project management consultant and that you find the contents to be useful and enlightening.