Do you have a critical project that you suspect may be in trouble? You can cross your fingers and hope for the best, or you can get a professional assessment.
We will review your project using our proprietary Project Review Checklist. From this, we will diagnose the state of your project. We will tell you what is being done right and what needs to be improved. We will recommend specific actions-immediate and long-term-that will help you get the project back on track. Because we are outside your company, we are able to provide you with and independent, unbiased view of the project status. We conduct reviews using one-on-one, confidential interviews with key people. This format enables a frank exchange of ideas and issues.
A typical review takes two to three weeks elapsed time, but none of your busy people will need to spend much more than one or two hours in total. We finish the review with a Final Report, describing how to capitalize on the project’s strengths and how to address areas for improvement. Your project may require some fine-tuning or it may need major surgery. An independent review can help you make the decisions and take the actions that will make it a success.
How do your IS project managers manage their projects? Does each one have his set of spreadsheets and templates? When you read a project charter, will you find the same kind of information that was in the last one you read? Do your project managers produce project charters?
If there is little or no consistency in the way that your project managers work, you need a project management methodology. This is nothing more than a set of templates, checklists, standards, and principles for your project managers to use. These tools guide project managers in developing and executing their plans. For example, the Project Plan template includes a section on risks, reminding the project manager that a risk assessment is needed.
A methodology also provides management with a standard set of project status reports. No longer will you have to wade through status reports, each of which is laid out differently, trying to find out which projects are on track and which are in trouble. Most important, a methodology imposes a discipline on project managers, ensuring that they pay closer attention to the things that can go wrong.
A methodology leads to better-run projects. We have prepared a standard set of tools that we can customize for your use. A typical customization takes about two weeks. The time to roll the tools out to your project managers will depend on how many people are involved and the strategy you want to use.
Let us provide you with the tools you need to give your project managers --- and your projects – the best chance for success.