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Programme and Project Management
Are you juggling too many job functions?
As one of the primary decision makers, leading the company is your main function, not trying to juggle everything that’s involved with IT programmes and project management. Here at MFT, we have a solid track record in playing an active role in those areas and can take that burden off your shoulders.
Common challenges that our clients face with IT Programme and Project Management
- Opaque Mandates – Companies tend to go into a new project without a well-defined project mandate in place. A project mandate is the blueprint for the IT programme. An adequately conceived mandate gets an IT project off on the right foot. Gathering detailed requirements and expectations from all the stakeholders ensures the requirements given in the mandate are clear, concise and well documented. It’s the best way to avoid unrealistic or unclear expectations. Without a mandate that details the mission and objectives of the project, it’s difficult for an at-risk project to recover in the event of a misstep.
- Poor Communications Between IT and the Business – Management and IT often speak different languages, so it’s the project manager’s job to translate. An IT project is challenging and clear communication is essential.
- Lack of User Input and commitment – A programme and project manager will listen to what management wants and then identify what the staff will actually use and advise on what the programme’s real requirements are and then, with management approval, implement the IT programme. Many IT projects involve transforming a company’s current business processes, so having the hands-on users on board is critical.
How we can help you and how you benefit
- Budget – Despite the best planning, it’s seldom that an IT project doesn’t face a shrinking allocation of resources. That’s when having an experienced IT programme manager on the project helps. We know how to juggle and accommodate changes by addressing the project objectives, features and timelines with your company’s executive management.
- Managing Scope Creep – Managing scope creep is a key talent needed in IT project management. Best practice is to include a process for handling scope changes in the initial project plan, and that is exactly what we do. That way we can address any necessary changes in timeline and budget timeously and keep the project on track.
- Timeline – Sticking to timelines is one of the most important aspects in project management. However, business requirements change, often on a daily basis and your project timeline may be affected. Keeping the project on track and your staff still engaged with it takes patience and skill. Let us handle that for you so you can handle the business.
- Team Composition – The last thing you need interfering with your job of leading the company is worrying about the allocation of staff on an on-going IT project implementation. It’s often tempting to put the project on hold or step in and do the job yourself. Neither of which is a good idea. What is a good idea is having an IT programme manager with the skills and experience to manage the project from the start. MFT has both. We can wear that hat for you and help keep the budget, scope creep, staff irregularities and delivery deadlines under control.
We provide expert Business Programme and Project Management skills, which are aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) standards, to work and report on the project from start to finish.