Project Management

Effective project management is necessary for any business endeavor from sales and marketing; to product design and manufacturing we will require project management. Project management is required to deliver the results of our organization, whether that is a manufacturing concern or a product development enterprise or both. In fact, the larger or more distributed or disperse the scope or participants, the more you will need project management skills.

Supply Chain Management

Projects often require purchasing of material and expertise from another organization. This requires identifying needs, making plans for fulfilling that need and working through the acquisition process along with closing out the contracts at the conclusion of the project. All of these are necessary to some degree for any outsourced material or work that is conducted on behalf of the project.

Communication Management

Distributed project teams and increasing project complexities require strong communications both written and verbal skills. Experience suggests poor communication can make coordinating the effort to achieve the project objectives. Every other management area is connected with communications management and the measure of communications efficacy is also the degree of success of the project.

Integration Management

People are not fungible, that is they are not drop in replacements for each other but are unique sets of talent and motivation. Projects are conducted by people, and as such the selection of the optimum talent and motivation improves the probability of project success. To do this and understanding of the skills and talent required for this unique project is necessary. Next step is the acquisition and development of the team; building upon the existing competency and moving a collection of individuals into a true team. To build requires understanding present performance (measurements), prioritization of what attributes matter for the project, and work to increase the team member’s ability regarding the attribute.

Scope Management

Scope Management is a subset of project management required to discover and articulate the reason for the project. This is integral to the project success, but since the project success is connected to the organization or business success, these two are inextricably linked.

Quality Management

Quality Management is a subset of project management associated with planning to project to deliver the expected level of quality from both the product and project. This area encompasses planning, quality assurance, and quality control actions throughout the project lifecycle.

Financial Management

Project financial management begins when with an understanding the business case for the project. To be effective requires accurate estimates of what is required to bring the project to a successful conclusion. Budgets are then created, managed and controlled; otherwise, the business case for the project would be ruined and become a loss for the company.

Time Management

Project Time Management is a subset of project management with identifying and describing the range of work that must be done to achieve the project scope. This intern will be used to estimate and develop the project schedule as well as metrics for success of the individual work items and to set up ways in which the schedule will be controlled.

Risk Management

Risk Management is a subset of project management and is essential to optimizing the project toward success. Risk management is concerned with the probability and severity of events that will come to pass during our project and the measure of ability to control these situations.

Intergration Management

Integration management consists of a set of processes that coordinates the work among the individual process areas, for example, reducing scope to meet the financial objectives of the project. This balance is contained in project planning documents such as the charter, and how we intend to manage the project keeping this balance in mind.

Stakeholder Management

Projects involve people. All the people touched by a particular project are called Stakeholders. Examples of Stakeholders: the client, the company executives, the project team members, suppliers, and the end users. Each Stakeholder has expectations, requirements, and visions for the project. The Project Manager has to manage each individual’s requirements as well as the group as a whole. Accurate Stakeholder Management is a critical step to Project Success.

Project management – are a collection of management processes and knowledge areas that are employed by the project manager to deliver the expected results for the organization; scope, schedule, and cost. Project management is a collection of technical, management and soft skills.

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Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

This is a brief video demonstrating the use of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for a project. This video shows the use of a tool called WBS Planner. The WBS is the starting point of project management and helps identify all work required to meet the project scope, as well as facilitate in discovering the talents required for the project.

Risk Using A FMEA Approach

This video demonstrates the use of the Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) applied to risk management. The tool is downloadable in the download area.

Risk Management Class

This video describes an introduction to risk management class that Value Transformation offers.

Published on Jan 29, 2019

From tobacco picker to Fast Food Manager to Engineer and Project Management. Jon talks about his professional experience and his passion for project management. Take a listen to this 2018 Professional Development Summit speaker.

SAE Risk through the Product Development Cycle

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