New Technology Case Study

Industry

Heavy Equipment Manufacturing

Situation

The marketing department viewed this new technology project as a strategic competitive advantage. The engineering department viewed it as a significant challenge. During two years of development, the project incurred five months of delays due to various design and new vendor issues. In addition, the new technology failed to perform to specifications during the prototype test. As a result, the situation became so pronounced that management considered canceling the project.

To make matters worse, the company’s project management schedule provided no advance warning for these delays and little to no guidance to help managers make sound business decisions.

PMAlliance Solution

Following our two-day Duration-Driven® Planning & Control course, we worked with the cross-functional teams to create:

  • A project charter that clearly defined the remaining scope and objectives;
  • A top-level schedule that identified the project duration and displayed the major phases and deliverables; and
  • A detailed schedule package that identified the timing, duration, and responsibility of all project activities and forecasted the resource requirements necessary to execute the project according to schedule.

We also implemented our comprehensive project control process to monitor actual progress vs. the original plan and initiated the necessary corrective actions required to keep the project on-schedule.

PMAlliance reinforced the importance of teamwork and communication by collaborating closely with the project team during the development and update of the project plan. The team building process not only re-energized the team, but it also re-established individual accountability for the plan’s success and repaired reputations that were damaged during the earlier delays.

Outcome

Through our training, mentoring, and consulting; PMAlliance was able to transition our project management responsibilities to their internal company resources. Today, this company is successfully meeting the objectives of their new technology project and they are using our methodology, software add-in tools, and web update system to manage other tactical and strategic projects.

 

PMAlliance, Inc. is a project management consultingproject management training and project office development company. We partner with our clients to provide mission-critical services.

Project Experience

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