Project Management is the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables), undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies.
The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived constraints. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary — and more ambitious — challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and integrate them to meet pre-defined objectives.
PEI provides rigorous project management for all of our assigned activities. At PEI our project manager is responsible for accomplishing three primary objectives.
- Defining project scope
- Managing project schedule
- Containing project budget and cost tracking
To this end, the project manager works with the program manager to establish and integrate our activities into the program scope and schedule. Our project manager establishes the milestones, deliverables, and task durations that accomplish the project objectives.
Our team provides professional project management that follows the principals of Project Management Institute and the requirements of the program. We understand and will participate in risk, issue, and change order management processes established by the program manager, and will maintain open, productive, and continuous communication with the program team at all times.
In order for the project manager to be effective and maintaining schedule and controlling costs, it is necessary to invest significant energy into project scope development. Without proper scope development, it is impossible to define the work schedule and project costs. Because of this, PEI places emphasis on thorough scope development. Control and automation projects often involve significant risk management which can only be mitigated through proper scope definition.
After the initial project scope is completed, PEI’s project manager will work with the program manager to define the project schedule and develop project check points that serve the purpose of reviewing costs and adhering to the budget. At these check points, PEI will meet with the program manager to discuss issues such as scope creep and the potential effects on the budget. These meetings provide time to discuss change orders and other project details, and PEI encourages plant technical personnel to participate because technical details are what drive scope creep and changes to the budget.
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