Project Management

A projects is – “a temporary process designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end. This process is usually constrained in time and cost, and undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value.”

Projects are temporary in nature as apposed to the ‘business as usual’ processes which are repetitive, permanent. Once of changes to your process of any nature are types of projects. To meet these objectives with positive results will require efficient Project Management.

Main stages for project management:

1.Initiating the Project

2.Planning the Project

3.Executing the Project

4.Monitoring & Controlling the Project progress against plan

5.Closing the Project

Steps 3 and 4 work with each other for the duration of the project. Projects must be measured along their full duration in order to manage them. This is done using various methods.

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The Project Manager and Project Sponsor must be aligned regarding the project objectives. A project is a non-starter from the onset if one or more of the stakeholders responsible to deliver the outcome are not interested. This is a common, often overseen-till-the-end mistake that affects the defined constraints of a project.

As consultants, it is important to ensure there is ownership for the project from the client. The project can never belong to a consultant, it must be owned by the business.