Thursday, May 21, 2009

project management

Going by the number of definitions we need to comprehend . These implies the kind of person needed to manage the work and understanding what a project plan is all about .

Project Manager:

A project manager is the person accountable for completing the stated project goals. Key project management responsibilities include creating clear and attainable project objectives, building the project requirements, and managing the triple constraint for projects, which is cost, time, and concept.

A project manager is usually a client representative and has to determine and implement the exact needs of the client, based on knowledge of the firm they are representing. The ability to adapt to the various internal procedures of the contracting party, and to form close links with the chosen representatives, is necessary in making sure that the relevant issues of cost, time, quality and above all, client satisfaction, can be ascertain.

In effect the Project Manager oversees the project but does not become involved in the physical doing of the work.

Project Management Office:

The Project Management Office (PMO) in a business or professional enterprise is the department or group that defines and keeps the standards of process, generally related to project management, within the organization. The PMO endeavours to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects. The PMO is the source of documentation, guidance and metrics on the practice of project management and execution.

A good PMO will base project management principles on accepted, industry standard methodologies such as PMBOK or PRINCE2. Increasingly influential industry certification programs such as ISO9000 and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) as well as government regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley have made organizations to standardize processes. Organizations around the globe are defining, borrowing and collecting best practices in process and project management and are increasingly assigning the PMO to exert overall influence and evolution of thought to continual organizational advancement.

Interim Manager:

Interim management is a short term provision of management resources and skills. Interim management can be seen as the short-term assignment of a proven heavyweight interim executive manager to manage a period of transition, crisis or revolution within an organization. In this situation, a permanent role may be unnecessary or impossible to find on short notice. Additionally, there may be nobody within who is suitable for, or available to assume, the position in question.

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