Why Project Management is Necessary
Many of our customers ask if project management is really necessary in our engagements – is the cost necessary?
Proper project management saves money and is vital to ensuring a project meets your goals. A project manager is responsible for the following:
- Getting agreement on scope: making sure that everyone (customers, consultant, vendors) are on the same page about the project. Are we all in agreement with the objectives of the project, what is included, and more importantly what isn’t included?
- Moving the project forward – reminding people of their roles, their requirements, and their deadlines for the project. This is the biggest part of the project manager’s role.
- Managing project changes – ensuring everyone understands the ramifications of project changes – balancing the changes against cost, timing, and resources.
Identifying risks / handling obstacles – when risks or obstacles appear, making sure everyone is aware of the obstacles, the impact on the project, and marshaling the resources to make decisions to eliminate the obstacle.
- Providing regular status reports – making sure that everyone is aware of what’s going on with the project. What’s been accomplished, what decisions are pending, what obstacles are putting the project at risk, and what resources are needed to remove those obstacles.
Project management pays for itself by keeping everyone engaged, moving the project forward, identifying costly risks or delays, and ensuring decisions are made in timely manner.
Weidenhammer Consulting Group can help your projects achieve your strategic business objectives. Our consultants have specific project management training and include certified Project Management Professionals (PMP). Contact Rick Sutton, Senior Business Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.