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Q:How does a project slip? A:One day at a time


We are a consultancy providing Project Management expertise with the goal of delivering successful Information Technology (IT) based projects and programmes for our clients.

The company name comes from the three traditional measures used to judge project success:

  • Has the project delivered the objectives within the TIME agreed?

  • Has the project delivered the objectives within the COST agreed (budget)?

  • Has the project delivered the agreed scope to the QUALITY criteria agreed?

However, we believe that a fourth measure is equally, if not more, important and this is also at the heart of our Project Management philosophy:

    • Has the project delivered the BENEFITS proposed?

    This is particularly important in IT Projects where it is all too easy to get focused on production of the IT solution and forget why the project is being undertaken.

    The "planet" analogy

    The company name & logo uses a "planet" analogy to focus attention on these 4 key measures - to get to the traditional project objective (landing on the planet surface in the analogy), the key "moons" of Time, Cost and Quality must be successfully navigated (and historically many IT projects have failed in one or many of these aspects). However, although once on the surface, the project may have been deemed a success by the traditional TCQ measures, the project can only really be deemed a success once then benefits have been "mined" from the planet core.

    The PlanIT approach in brief

    Good Project Management technical disciplines are employed to ensure the project is kept on track in terms of Time, Cost & Quality - examples being good governance, scope management, planning etc. However behaviours and personal qualities of the Project Manager are also vital - examples being resilience, good communication, delivery focused etc.

    In terms of keeping the benefits in focus, two approaches are adopted

    • During the lifecycle of the project, lead indicators (KPIs) are developed and tracked. Reporting of these is combined with traditional measures using a Project Balanced Scorecard.

    • A Benefit Realisation Plan (BRP) is produced which shows how the benefits will be measured after the project is closed (financial or other lag indicators). Before the project is closed down, agreement on who will monitor against the BRP is agreed as many institutions do not do this as a matter of course.

    PlanIT Resourcing model

    As we are a small consultancy, to provide the range of IT Project Management services, we have a 3 pronged resourcing model underpinned by direct involvement by the managing director in all assignments.

    • Use of PlanIT consultants who have been trained in the PlanIT approach.

    • Use of PlanIT associates - other freelance Project Management consultants who have had exposure to the PlanIT approach.

    • As necessary, recruitment through the contract market. However, before undertaking client work, the freelancer will be vetted & given training on the PlanIT approach and mentored through the important initial stage of any assignment.


     

     



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