Working with a Project Management Consultancy can bring success to your business
Using a Project Management consultancy is a big step for most companies, it brings lots of questions, such as:
- How do I know the standard of work will be good enough
- Isn’t it expensive
- Where will they work
- Do they own the work when finished
- How do I manage them
- They do not know my business how can they run a project for me
I am sure there are many more questions you are asking yourself. Hopefully, in this blog post, you will find the answers to your questions and more, if you do have other questions, please post them in the comments below.
Working with a project management consultancy can be beneficial to you and your organisation in many ways.
Ensure you and your business get the most out of working with a Project management consultancy you should have a good understanding of what it is you want them to do. Simply saying you want them to manage the project for you is not enough, although reputable consultancies will work with you to define the role you want fulfilling, and to reduce or totally remove any ambiguity.
Working with a Project management consultancy allows you to control the costs of project management you can collaborate with the consultancy to clearly define the budget both for the project and project management also the amount of time you and they expect the project will take.
Working with a consultancy also allows you to put controls in place to validate the standard of work you receive, from documentation through to deliverables with these controls in place, for instance, a regular video conference to cover the project status and issues these can be held as frequently or infrequently as you decide.
With technology today consultants can and often do work remotely, freeing up valuable desk space in your offices, conference calls, and video conferencing mean it is very easy to stay in constant communication with each other and share data as required to keep your project on track. Of course, it is always nice to have the consultant visit your offices once in a while to help build the relationships that will deliver the project. However, a meeting room will normally be adequate to facilitate these visits.
When working with Project Management Consultancy, before the project commences it is advisable to have a clear agreement on who owns the intellectual property once the project completes, the norm is for the client company to maintain all the intellectual property regarding the project.
There should be no requirement for you to manage the project management consultants, that is why you are bringing in an expert in their field. You are paying for the expertise and knowledge of the consultancy, and therefore the only checks or management should be on the deliverables of the project and not the consultants.
Working with Project Management Consultancies can be a rewarding and beneficial experience, it allows a freedom within your business to concentrate on the day to day tasks that need to be carried out with the reassurance that you have an expert in to manage the project. Consultants have the experience and knowledge to deliver for your business; good consultancies will work with you to understand not only the project they are producing but also your business and what the project means to it.
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All the best, the Volec team.