ProjectLink assists clients in delivering successful projects in all industries, either through the provision of Project Managers, or by providing support to the client’s own project managers. In either case, strong emphasis is placed on project management best practices as expressed by institutions such as the PMI® and AACE.
ProjectLink defines project management as, “the art and science of managing a project from inception to closure as evidenced by successful product delivery and transfer.” This definition implies thorough consideration of the Project Management Knowledge Areas and Process Groups, as explained in the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition. Also implied is an awareness of the business need that the project is expected to meet.
Project management is therefore more than delivering to scope, time, and cost; it includes assurance that the product/service/result is likely to achieve that which it was intended to. The focus is on “soft skills”, such as Communications and Stakeholder management, as well as “hard skills”, such as Scope, Schedule and Cost management.
The former requires strong awareness and management of the project’s environment (including internal as well as external stakeholders, legislation, industry-specific conditions and requirements, etc.), while the latter focuses more on the nuts-and-bolts aspect of the project; typically managed through project controls. ProjectLink’s work ethics require that projects be delivered optimally i.e. as effectively and efficiently as possible.
This approach requires diligence, usually through the application of sound project management methodologies. ProjectLink has highly qualified consultants that have a vast amount of experience in the application of such methodologies e.g., the Anglo Projects Way, PRINCE2®, CENTRIX®, etc., and is therefore able to adapt to client-specific and generic methodologies alike.
ProjectLink’s project management services typically involve:
- Assisting the project Sponsor in initiating the project through the development of a project Charter;
- Planning the project – per stage/phase if required – and ensuring the establishment of baselines, including performance measurement baselines, that are set-up for accurate tracking through e.g., Earned Value Management;
- Planning how project and product benefits will be tracked and measured during the life-cycle and post-project;
- Monitoring and controlling the performance of the project, including the performance of contractors, the owner’s team’s work, achievement of benefits, etc.; and performing accurate forecasting;
- Constantly assuring alignment of the project with its business need, and providing accurate and relevant reporting to program or portfolio management; and
- Performing proper project (or stage/phase) closure.
Professional & Competent Personnel
ProjectLink’s consultants are well-qualified and many hold post-graduate degrees in project management, professional certifications (e.g., PMP®, PRINCE2® Practitioner, CCP®, etc.), and experience with large and complex projects in various industries.