If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

CONTINUITY IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Are you spending too much time awaiting the completion of your development? Are project costs increasing beyond expectations? Continuity in project management is often the real issue.  A successful project is one that is completed within the allocated time period, under the allocated budget, and with a high level of quality and a high level of safety.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) [1] defines project management as:

“the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements”. 

DEFINING THE PROBLEM

At an international level [2]:

“A Standish Group research report shows a staggering 31.1% of projects will be cancelled before they ever get completed. Further results indicate 52.7% of projects will cost 189% of their original estimates.”

“Some would argue that ten key issues cause many projects to fail. Projects fail because management fail to deal with unrealistic deadlines, communication deficits, scope changes, causing resource competition (people, money, time), uncertain dependencies, risk management, insufficient team skills, lack of accountability, client’s needs and poorly defined vision and goals.”

The Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) [3]:

 “The stats are real:

-        Fewer than 1/3 of projects are completed on time and on budget

-        1 in 6 experience 200% over cost and run 70% over time

-        70% of organisations have at least one failed project per year

-        17% of large projects (>AUD$15m) are run so poorly that they threaten the existence of the organisation”

Continuity: down-time for contractors is bad, costing dollars to the project owner.  This can come from bad planning, poor decision-making, or contractual issues.

Continuity: keeping the finger on the pulse of the contractor is key to continuity through project meetings, accountability and firmness on contractual issues.

SOLVING THE PROBLEM

We are all aware that, on a project, time = money! So naturally, if you reduce the time of the project, you will reduce the cost of the project.  Experienced Project Managers understand how to minimise the time-line of project duration through scheduling concurrent activities.

An example is a project consisting of seven tasks during the design stage:   1) concept plan, 2) geotechnical investigation, 3) electrical plan, 4) town planning, 5) structural engineering plan, 6) Preliminary Design, and 7) Detailed (or Final) design. Novice project managers will wait for one stage to be completed before moving onto the next, when in fact most can be completed concurrently when you understand the finer points of what is required (i.e. experienced Project Manager).

Good project management is the glue that brings everything together.  It provides continuity throughout the development of the project, resulting in a cohesive whole that satisfies all parties connected to the project.

The words “project management” have evolved to become a commonly over-used and misunderstood term, generally applied to anything and everything in a vague off-handed manner.  She’ll be right-  I’ll project manage it!  Yes, anyone can ‘manage’ anything. 

If, however, you are concerned with the quality, time, budget or safety of the outcome of your project, you need to seriously consider a professional engineering project manager. 

JCE Engineers approach “project management” from a very professional and more traditional stance.  We not only have formal qualifications and certifications in this area, but have also been practising and improving upon those solid foundations in our many years of engineering contracting and consulting expertise.

Give us a phone call to discuss your project requirements.

Phone: (07) 3387 0137 Email: info@jce.engineering

If the job is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

[1] What is Project Management? (Project Management Institute, Inc)

[2] Project Management for Engineers (Marcus Evans Australia)

[3] Australian Institute of Project Management