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As we all know project management is all about managing cost, scope and time. Now, this is exactly what we try to do even in general life. The formal methodologies of project management allows one to manage cost, scope and time more effectively. Thus be it a small business or a large business the need for project management is a must.

To understand this, let us look at some of the very obvious benefits of Project Management:

  • Structured Planning
  • Learning from past experiences
  • Better efficiency in terms of cost, scope and time management
  • Effective resource management
  • Better risk control
  • Enhanced Quality Product or Service and
  • Increased Customer Satisfaction

Now, the question is, "what does it take to get the above benefits?". Most small organizations believe that following Project Management methods require high-end resources and expensive software. However, the fact of the matter is that it takes a few basic steps to follow project management methods. At Directing IT we work with you in putting an effective project management methodology within your organization without spending a lot of money. We work with you:

  • On the usage of project management techniques
  • To create a work break down (WBS) structure
  • To create a project schedule along with the milestones, time-frames and dependencies.
  • To Identify and managing risks
  • To Identify 3rd party suppliers and vendors
  • To ensure proper execution of the project

 

While traditional Project Management has its own benefits for larger projects, they may not be very attractive to smaller businesses or smaller projects. Traditional Project Management is less flexible in its approach and has large overheads which may not be beneficial for smaller projects wherein the time spend for planning cannot be too long, as it leads to high overhead and the benefits of such projects are not realized.

 On the other hand, Agile Project Management has its obvious benefits, some of these are:

  • smaller, cross-functional team size (5-9 people)
  • very flexible  (encourages change rather than following a plan)
  • quick delivery (short period of 1-4 weeks)
  • interactive (direct involvement of all stakeholders)

These benefits go really well with small teams or teams managing smaller projects. Small businesses often have lot of small projects going on all the time. However, most smaller businesses do not have dedicated Project Managers to manage their projects, thus these Project Managers may be performing certain daily operations along with managing their projects. In Agile projects the Project Manager is not burdened with all the responsibility of managing scope, cost, time, quality, risk, and more. Instead some of these responsibilities are dealt with different roles such as the Product Manager and other agile roles. This also means that Agile Project Management relies a lot on the team's ability to self-organize.

At Directing IT, we help you manage your projects and guide your team to follow Agile Project Management practices.

In today's world we are getting used to quick delivery of products and services. The quicker the service delivery gets, the higher our demands rise and the race continues forever.  Thus the expectations from any business always keeps moving up-the-hill. The only way businesses can get smarter, quicker and better is by enhancing their technology continuously. This puts a lot of pressure on the technology guys, as they are always expected to be on their toes and keep delivering newer and better technology solutions at the least possible cost.  This is a daunting task for even the most experienced technology campaigners.

So the real question is "how can we empower our organization to deliver better products, new services or business rapidly"?

While it is really difficult to have a single answer for the above question, one can certainly follow certain basic principles, as below:

  • keep things simple
  • maximize the potential of existing technology solutions
  • follow certain basic project management practices
  • evaluate newer technologies on a continuous basis

At Directing IT we provide technology consulting services to your technology  team and provide them guidance to ensure that technology and business goes hand in hand.