What Makes Us Different?
Our approach to project and team management has been developed and refined in the field over the past 25 years. It is based on three fundamental principles.
1. Project management is a creative process
Traditional approaches to project management are based on engineering and construction disciplines and reflect a mechanistic approach to planning and managing projects and people. Projects were planned by the "experts" and that stakeholders such as end users and business clients did not need to be involved. Projects were planned on the assumption that change was bad and had to be minimised, that project people needed direction and discipline and that the technical elegance and high quality of the solution was never to be compromised. Our approach to project management recognises that projects are dynamic, change is inevitable and planning must be an on-going and real-time activity. Project people are creative and motivated people who have a right to be fully involved in the planning and management of their project and that business imperatives such as return-on-investment, deadlines and appropriate quality are paramount.
2. Project management is about relationship management
Contemporary project management is focussed on managing the relationship between the project manager, the project team and the business experts who have requested the product, system or service. The expectations of the various business experts and management for a project are the key focus and that a project manager has only one mission - to meet the expectations of his or her clients. As a result, project management is far beyond issues such as Gantt Charts and Earned Value Analysis. It is about politics, risk, expectations, scope, objectives, quality and so on. Most importantly, it is about people working together.
3. Project management is a participative process
All project management activities - planning, tracking and reporting - are team-based and fully involve all critical stakeholders. Our approach is based on the use of participative planning sessions [Rapid Application Planning] that are structured sessions where all critical stakeholders undertake the planning of the project and as a result, the requisite "buy in" of all participants - project manager, project sponsor, team members, stakeholders and related project managers is ensured before the project is commenced.