Any human activity that involves executing a non-repetitive task can be considered a project. So we are all project managers! But there is a big difference between carrying out a very simple project involving one or two people and one involving a complex mix of people, organizations and tasks. With a plan in mind, a project can be captured on paper with a few simple elements: a start date, an end date, the tasks that have to be carried out and when they should be finished, and some idea of the resources (people, machines etc) that will be needed during the course of the project. The idea that complex plans can be analyzed by a computer to allow someone to control a project is the basis of much of the development in technology that now allows projects of any size and complexity not only to be planned but also modeled to answer 'what if?' questions (provide real time information, as well as linking to risk analysis, time frame, costing, estimating and other aspects of project control). But computer programs are only "tools" for project managers to use. Project Management is a mix of components of control, leadership, teamwork, resource management etc that goes into a successful project. Zydexo has adopted the following approach to Project Management (and elements of each phase):
What is the project? What are the benefits of the project? Customer-driven focus Project management processes and knowledge areas Project life cycle Project Initiation
Defining goals and objectives Recognizing constraints and assumptions Project Planning
Scope statement / Statement of work (Setting realistic schedules and objectives) Preparing a work breakdown structure (WBS) Preparing a Network diagram / Software Development Models Estimating costs Identifying and analyzing risks Determining quality/quantity requirements Preparing a communications plan (setting communication channels) Project Execution
General management skills Total Quality Management / Quality Assurance Team development and Time management Information distribution (overcoming communication barriers) Executing the project plan Maintaining project records Project Monitoring and Control
Conducting Review and Project reporting Analyzing variances Managing changes Controlling risks Quality control Updating the project plan Project Closeout
Formalizing project completion Meeting project success criteria Identifying lessons learned Zydexo can support your needs in a variety of areas and specialties. For more information, please contact us.