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Featured - Project Management Templates
These are some of the Project Management Templates you will find on the Consulting Cloud website: Project brief template - a template to document the brief of a project, Communication Plan templates - templates that ensure that there is effective communications about the project to the various stakeholder groups, Solution Development template - defines your solution development methodology, Quality Management template - describes how quality will be managed in the project , Use Case template - to assist wit testing, Project Support Plan template - describes how the solution will be supported , Test Plan template - a comprehensive plan to test your application, Implementation Plan template - defining the project deliverables, Scope Management Plan template - describes how the project scope will be managed, Project Status Reporting Templates - outling the project status including timeframe and cost, Project Organization Structure templates - how will the project be structured and resources required, Project Acquisition template - how will the project be managed and the level of documentation that will be maintained , Post Implementation Review template - documenting the review outcomes after the project has been implemented, Project Concept template , Project Definition template - describing the project . There are also documents related to Project Governance including a Guide to Project Management. This guide covers all aspects of Project Management including critical success factors. Here is an excerpt from the section covering the crtical success factors of a project.
There are usually five “critical rules” which apply to the management of Vendor managed projects and they all relate to “communication”. Equally these same rules can be applied to any project.
Critical Rule No. 1 - Maintain an effective relationship with the Client through ongoing, frequent and positive communication. Whilst in the most difficult situations you should be firm with the Client, it is essential to be sensitive to the Client environment and to maintain a balanced approach to Client related issues and politics. Involvement in the latter is to be avoided.
Critical Rule No. 2 – Constantly talk to your project team. You should keep the project team informed of progress and provide opportunities for the team for two-way communication and for their issues to be listened to and dealt with.
Critical Rule No. 3 - Highlight problems and issues when they arise and escalate unresolved problems and issues to the appropriate people, e.g. the Client, Client Relationship Manager and/or PMO. Wave the red flag as soon as a major issue arises that puts either the project or your company's reputation at risk.
Critical Rule No. 4 - Ask for help. Most vendor organizations have the resources to assist with resolution of problems. Asking for help is not a signal of failure but a pro-active step to resolve a project, or commercial issue.
Critical Rule No. 5 – Always follow the project management principles and practice embodied in this document and implement appropriate quality processes, taking responsibility for the quality of deliverables and, where applicable, supporting any quality accreditation process. Respond positively to requests for information from senior management and the Project Management Office.
The guide also talks about the importance of Risk Management Plan. An effective Risk Management Plan describes the risks, the current assessment, the current likelihood that the
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