Have You Overlooked These Important Sources?

The other members of your project team undoubtedly have skills and knowledge that you don’t (PROJECT MANAGEMENT TIPS: USE WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW), but are you tapping all the other sources of useful insight when it comes to planning and executing projects? There may be more repositories of information waiting out there for Project Managers willing to expand their horizons.

Past contractors. These folks can offer candid, actionable feedback on previous projects, and provide suggestions for avoiding problems on the next one. Ask them about things such as any operational issues you should address and the quality and timeliness of your team’s communication. Contractors are commonly included in routine project meetings, but an informal lunch may yield additional information on ways to streamline your team’s processes.


Suppliers. The companies that provide materials for your projects may be able to offer information on alternatives that are lower cost or have shorter lead times. They can also be a valuable resource during the planning phase, as they’re likely to have all available information on material shortages as well as the latest installation and maintenance recommendations.


Inspectors. Anyone from a regulatory body who will be evaluating a portion of your project for compliance can offer tremendous insight on how to avoid common problems. Consider picking their brain when you do not have a project going that will require their attention—you’ll be able to focus on broad process-related issues instead of just what’s on the immediate task list.


Support departments. Hopefully you’re in regular contact with other departments in your organization about how the project process is flowing, but it may also be a good idea to bring folks together occasionally for a more general review. Find out if there are ways your Project Team could tweak its practices to be a better partner (and streamline the project process at the same time).

PMAlliance uses a team of highly experienced and certified professionals to provide project management consultingproject management training and project office development services.

Project Experience

Portfolio Management
Successful portfolio management calls for exceptional data management skills and diligent oversight across multiple efforts.
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.