I view mainstream Project Management as one of the most fundamental parts in the project lifecycle. Without it who knows what will happen!
At some point we have all agreed to deliver something. You know how much it’s going to cost… you know someone has to do something… and you know when it’s required by… but without Project Management you won’t necessarily have control over or visibility of:
• Cost – is the project running to budget
• Resource Allocation - who is working on what
• Timeline – are we meeting the agreed dates
• Scope – are we on track to deliver what was originally agreed
No matter how big or small a project is, here at eCom Scotland we manage all four of these key parameters during every project, from the creation of the initial Project Mandate and Requirement Specifications to closing a project with a Post Project Review. Management of these tasks - coupled with our team’s strengths in analysis, partnership and client support – makes the perfect recipe for delivering projects successfully.
‘I Keep Six Honest Serving Men’:
Successfully initiating, managing and closing a project on time and within budget is not, however, always smooth sailing. From the initial kick-off meeting and requirements gathering phase we ask lots of questions that will start with - what, why, when, how, where and who. Cue Rudyard Kipling’s poem!
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
Remembering this poem keeps my curiosity alive and my mind alert during project delivery. These questions are used whenever we come up against a challenge and allow us to quickly understand what has happened, where we are and how to get to where we want to be.
Without any of this… who knows what will happen!