Projects are a vital way in which organisations make things happen. Successful projects can thus have a huge impact on how quickly and effectively organisations achieve their goals and create value for their stakeholders. Managing projects successfully requires, amongst other things, skillful planning, scheduling, monitoring and controlling.
Organisations often articulate their approach to this challenge as…
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“Planning determines what is to be delivered, how much it will cost, when it will be delivered, how it will be delivered and who will carry it out.” (APM Body of Knowledge)
“Project controls are the data gathering, management and analytical processes used to predict, understand and constructively influence the time and cost outcomes of a project or program; through the communication of information in formats that assist effective management and decision making.” (Project Management Body of Knowledge – PMBOK)
“Comparing actual performance with planned performance, analysing variances, assessing trends to effect process improvements, evaluating possible alternatives, and recommending appropriate corrective action as needed.” (PMI PMBOK)
Prendo’s customers face many challenging situations when planning & controlling projects:
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To address the challenge of planning & controlling projects, project managers need a combination of skills (know-how) and understanding (know-that), in the same way that the driving test combines the practical and the theory: