Organizational Process Assets (OPA)

We have earlier discussed EEF aka Enterprise Environmental Factors and its time we talk about its close cousin OPA aka Organizational Process Assets. OPA, alongwith EEF, are two of the most common inputs you'll come across several different processes. OPAs are basically tools that carry information on an organization's projects.

Understanding of OPAs is important as that provides a fair idea of how the projects are run in the organization. Each organization has certain templates, framework for contracts, registers and other tools to assist the management of the project. These are typically reusable across projects and are thus an 'asset'.

One of the biggest knowledge bases an organization possess is called lessons learned. Lessons learned holds valuable historical information of past projects that can be used as a reference point for the projects to come. This helps the project managers throughout the organization in avoiding similar mistakes on future projects.

Ideally, OPA includes all formal as well as informal plans, policies, processes and guidelines of an organization that helps in managing a project. But it should also be noted that just like EEF, OPA is also not a single document. Rather these are assets that are created, stored and referred to during the course of a project.

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