Clarus Group provides project management support to our clients that specifically meet our clients goals and Project Management methodology. When requested, we can provide best practices and recommendations for our clients specific Project Management methodology. Project management as a profession is well researched and has been written about extensively. In fact, the Project Management Institute`s highly regarded Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) identifies 5 project stages and 10 knowledge areas.
Project Management Body of Knowledge Project Stages
With all that is written and understood about project management, why do so many projects run too long, over budget or never meet their initial goals? Two fixed pieces of any project, regardless of methodology, are time and budget. Every other step or stage, of a project, are constrained by time and budget. Once an organization has a firm understanding of this basic principle then all other details can be aligned. Once a clear and concise goal has been stated and has received approval upon a budget and time frame then the other several factors that will ensure successful delivery can be considered.
The Role of the Project Manager
A project manager is the person responsible for accomplishing the stated project objectives. Key project management responsibilities include creating clear and attainable project objectives, building the project requirements, and managing the constraints of project management which are cost, time, scope and quality. A project manager is often a client representative and has to determine and implement the exact needs of the client, based on knowledge of the firm they are representing. A project manager is the bridging gap between the production team and client. So he/she must have a fair knowledge of the industry they are in so that they are capable of understanding and discussing the problems with either party. The ability to adapt to the various internal procedures of the contracting party, and to form close links with the nominated representatives, is essential in ensuring that the key issues of cost, time, quality and above all, client satisfaction, can be realized. The 10 knowledge areas that project managers focus on in relation to the phases of a project are defined below.