Project management is defined as the discipline of planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to achieve specific goals. CCI has the capabilities needed to help you and your organization manage any project large or small. Each client's project is unique and requires a different degree of management.
We recognize differences in project types, management and staff capabilities, and organizational culture. Our project management consultants are well trained and experienced in recognizing these differences and providing customized project management solutions specific to your company's needs.
Below is a list of major Project Management Activities that CCI can perform for your organization.
Construction management is the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from inception to completion. CCI can handle all of your construction management tasks from negotiating and contracting, to design and building. We manage costs, timing, and compliance issues to ensure your construction project is a success.
Every business project requires the execution of contracts. We manage contract creation, negotiation, and execution of the contract purpose to make sure we maximize financial and operational performance and minimize your risk.
Common commercial contracts include employment letters, sales invoices, purchase orders, and utility contracts.Much more complex contracts are often necessary for construction projects, goods or services that are highly regulated, goods or services with detailed technical specifications, intellectual property agreements. CCI has experience creating and analyzing each of these, and can bring that experience to your organization.
Design Phase Management
Design Phase management helps the client define the project’s main deliverables using the overall project strategy as your starting point. The 3 main objectives CCI will manage are:
Define the scope and quality of the project agreed in earlier stages, within the defined budget and program.
Produce all of the information required to obtain a total price for implementing the entire project
Prepare all contract documentation and execute a selection process up to and including the appointment of the preferred contractor.
The master project plan is the collection of the individual project plans; it is not an independent plan on its own. Depending on the type and size of the project, different types of project plans may be merged into the master project plan.
CCI ensures that each individual plan works together to increas the effectiveness of the master project, with no single plan detracting from the effectiveness of the whole.
We also focus on concurrent planning by various team roles within the master plan, and provide accountablilty controls to ensure thah specific roles are responsible for specific plans. We have found that this method facilitates synchronization into a single schedule, facilitates reviews and approvals, and helps to identify gaps and inconsistencies.
Occasionally, consultants are called into the interim of a project to make sure all of the processes are working efficiently. Other times, a company finds itself struggling to make a faulty project work, and they reach out to consultants for help. No mater which situation you find your organization in. CCI can help. We take a phased approach to process evaluation to get to the heart of issues effecting your projects, and rectify them:
Construct a precise definition of what the problem is.
Assess the full extent of the problem.
Define and identify the target of interventions and accurately describe the nature of the service needed to solve the problem.
Create a program to address the issue and follow that by monitoring our own process for added reassurance.
Pogram Management is the process of managing several related projects, often with the intention of improving an organization's performance. CCI generally assums the role of Program Manager for our clients. In that role, we have oversight of all projects in a Program and can use this oversight to support project-level activity to ensure the overall program goals are likely to be met. We utilize three major methods of accomplishing this:
Provide a decision-making capacity that cannot be achieved at the individual project level.
Provide the Project Manager with a program perspective.
Act as a sounding board for ideas and approaches to solving project issues that have program impacts.
Typically in a program there is a need to identify and manage cross-project dependencies and often the company officers or individual rject managers may not have sufficient insight of the risk, issues, requirements, design or solution to be able to usefully manage these. As Program manager, CCI is well suited to provide this insight by actively seeking out such information from each of the Project Managers and working to formulate an overall program strategy.
CCI approaches project budgeting much like other aspects of project management - a phased approach. First we define the cost of all work resources based on the amount of time that the resource spends working on the project. These can include rate-based material costs - the costs of consumable material resources, such as building materials or supplies, to which you have assigned standard rates. Next we pull estimated fixed costs from the design phase. Last we enter the estimated per-use costs. We assign a portion of these overall costs to each specific aspect of the project, and bound it in time usually through project gant charting.
CCI uses these cost/time estimates to track actual costs and to compare actual costs against the newly formed project budget. Through this we ensure that projects have minimal overruns and can maintain the projected internal rates of return.