Poject Planning is Essential
No matter how small or large a project is, some degree of project planning is necessary to ensure an on-budget and on-time delivery. To ensure delivery of the project, as intended by the client, the answers to some basic questions are required:
What are we trying to do?
When will we start?
What do we need?
Who do we need?
What are the lead times?
How long will it take?
How much will it cost?
These are the questions usually asked at the start of any project, and Rodan uses the answers to these and supplemental questions to form the Headline Tasks which form the building blocks for the Project Plan. Defining what we want to do, the resources required to deliver it on time and working out the best way to utilise the resources to accomplish the tasks, helps identify the sub-tasks and identify the critical path to delivery. This is used to establish a baseline from which to monitor project progress. Once the timeline has been established, critical path identified, resource conflicts resolved and baseline set, we are ready to start off on the journey that will ultimately lead to a successful project delivery.
Structured project management means managing the project in a logical, organised manner, delivering defined stages. Once underway Rodan conduct regular project review meetings and use the defined baseline for project tracking and to identify any corrective action that might be required to bring the project back on track. Stagegate reviews are conducted at the end of each defined project stage which act as Go/No Go reviews that must be passed before the project is permitted to continue.
History is littered with projects that haven't been organised and properly controlled and which have gone disastrously wrong.
Using the PRINCE 2 methodology and the widely available Microsoft Project, Rodan provide structured project management with easily understood Gantt charts for all multifaceted projects that fully illustrate the project timeline and track the current progress of tasks.