Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF)

enterprise environmental factors eef - Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF)

Two of the most frequent inputs you will see time and again throughout all the processes are Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF) and Organizational Process Assets (OPA).

EEF is loosely defined as anything that you should know about the way your organization does business.

To think of it there is a lot of information about your company that will come in handy when you plan your project. You should know how each of the different departments within your organization operate, the market conditions you are working in, the company’s overall strategy, any policies you need to adhere to, your company’s culture and everything else that you should know about the people you work with in general.

Project Management Information System (PMIS) and Work Authorization System are good tangible examples of EEF. Some other examples include,

People

This includes the skill set of the people as well as the overall organizational culture of your company.

Market

This basically means how your company is performing in the market. This can have a major impact on the way you manage your project.

Databases

This doesn’t really mean the technology you use for database. What this signifies is something more strategic like where does your company store its own data and the data generated from customers? With regulations like GDPR taking a center stage, factors like databases can make a big impact on project related decisions.

Standards

Think about global standards or government standards and how they can impact your project. More so if your company depends on certain government standards to operate, a change in those standards could be critical.

Risk Tolerance

While as a Project Manager, you might have your own risk tolerance, same could be said about the company as well. There could be companies with very high risk tolerance while others could be very risk-averse.

Finally, if it isn’t obvious yet, it should be noted that EEF is not a single document. As the name goes, these are basically the factors that define the enterprise’s environment.

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