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TOPIC: OPAs vs. EEFs

OPAs vs. EEFs 5 months 2 weeks ago #19317

  • Todd Davison
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While going through the different lessons and looking at the OPAs and EEFs, it is difficult to distinguish between the two. The definitions are that EEFs impact the project but cannot be controlled by the project team where the OPAs are specific and used by the project team. However, under monitor communications, one of the OPAs is Corporate Policies and procedures for social media, ethics and security. This example seems to something that would impact the project but it would not be unique to the project. The line becomes blurred and I was wondering if there was an objective way to determine when something falls into one versus the other?

OPAs vs. EEFs 5 months 2 weeks ago #19324

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Hi Todd,

Enterprise Environmental Factors and Organizational Process Assets are confusing and sometimes not easy. They are broadly discussed in the PMBOK Guide and are inputs to almost all processes.

One category of OPAs you mention helps project teams conduct work—policies, procedures, templates, and guidelines. Teams cannot generally change these elements, but can ask management to consider updating them.

Enterprise Environmental Factors are the influences not under the control of the organization or the team that affect the company, the project, and its results. Every organization exists and works within EEFs.

External EEFs
External political conditions
Government regulations
Industry standards
Legal restrictions
Market conditions

Internal EEFs
Available resources
Internal political conditions
Infrastructure
Organizational culture and structure

Here are more resources for you to check-out . . .

Free PrepCast video lesson about EEFs:
PMP Training: Enterprise Environmental Factors

Other good explanations in the forum:
Difference between EEF & OPA
Clarifications on EEF and OPA
Clarification about EEF & OPA from PMBOK6

I remember a few questions about using EEFs and OPAs on my exam. Having a better understanding about them will certainly help you on your test.

Best to you,
Lisa
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