Project Management is the practice of overseeing the planning, organization, and implementation of a project to deliver the best business results effectively. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end. It should clearly define scope, resources, time, and budget. The temporary nature of a project stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services.
Project Management with Meraki International is all this and more. We work with our clients on every aspect of project management – we view our clients’ successes as our own successes, so we put our heart and soul into making sure that your projects will be successful. Meraki International works with you, your team, and stakeholders to ensure your project will achieve business results.
Implementing a solid project management system within a company or department benefits more than just the business itself. In addition to helping a project run more smoothly from start to finish as well as improving risk management and competitive advantage, it may also raise levels of customer satisfaction.
How Can We Help You?
What Are The Benefits Of Using Project Management?
- Improve chances of achieving the desired result
- Gain a competitive advantage and boost the bottom line
- Gain a fresh perspective on the project, and how it fits with your business strategy
- Prioritize business resources and ensure their efficient use
- Set the scope, schedule, and budget accurately from the start
- Stay on schedule, keeping costs and resources to budget
- Improve productivity and quality of work
- Encourage consistent communications amongst staff, suppliers, and clients
- Satisfy the various needs of the project’s stakeholders
- Mitigate risks of a project
- Increase customer satisfaction
Why Use Formalized Project Management?
- Change to Corporate Culture
- Change to Corporate Structure / Organization
- Expediting Business Results
- Realistic Project Planning
- Clear Focus and Objectives
- Strategic Alignment
- Managed Process
- Reduced Costs
What Is The Role Of A Project Manager?
The project manager is responsible for making sure that a project is planned, developed, implemented, controlled, and closed. A project manager will:
- Deliver and track tangible business results to the client
- Build a project team
- Outline a project plan with details of specific tasks and activities
- Understand the dependencies between the project and its tasks
- Schedule project activities and group dependent tasks into larger processes
- Define the objectives of the project
- Devise a strategy and map out the inputs, resources, and outputs of the project
- Raise concerns to project sponsors / stakeholders when necessary
- Control the implementation of the project, including change requests
- Respond to changes through the involvement of staff, stakeholders, and customers
- Identify and mitigate project risks
- Establish the appropriate governance of the project (e.g. Steering Committee)
- Communicate to all those involved in the project
- Hand over the deliverables to customer or client
- Keep detailed project records
Who Should Manage Your Project?
When looking to appoint a project manager, you should consider the needs of the project, including the time and resources needed to manage it. A project manager usually does not directly participate in the activities that produce the end result but drives progress and manages the processes of the project instead.
For small projects, it is common for existing managers to take on the temporary role of a project manager, either as a time-limited assignment, or alongside their day-to-day role. Larger projects or programmes may need a dedicated resource to ensure the company achieves the project benefits within the prescribed timeframe. With larger projects or programmes, there may be a need to change the business mindset to achieve the required results of a project efficiently.
Meraki’s process for establishing a project:
- Identify and Prioritize Needs/Objectives
- Create A Project Plan
- Identify Issues and Assess
- Finalize Project Plan
- Monitor and Control
- Review and Closure