Article Critique : Best Practices in Project Management
Deborah A Midkiff
Columbia Southern University
Project managers are typically responsible for every detail of a project from beginning to end. They must oversee the from the beginning sale to the final installation to ensure all costs and delivery targets are realistic and met. The main point of the article by Joan Engebretson discussing project management is to cover all the different aspects of what is actually involved in project management. Communication and documentation are two of the biggest factors that must be implemented across the board in some of the best practices for any project manager. These best practices include getting everything straight upfront, studying contracts, ...view middle of the document...
Liability, indemnity, and warranty are key parts of a contract and can be very costly for a company if they aren’t carefully reviewed. The last thing you need is to be held liable for something you should not be. This can blow a budget and completion dates instantly. Once all this is
completed having a kick-off meeting with the client is critical. This meeting should involve all parties involved in the project. The purpose of the meeting is to basically go over the strategy and details of the project to set expectations for everyone. Setting expectations lets the client know what they can expect and also lets all other parties involved in the project know what is expected of them. Another aspect in project management is not to overlook stored materials. You want to time your purchases as accurate as possible to avoid again another cost issue. Storing product to long can also cause warranty issues since they warranty typically begins when the item is purchased. Documenting any and all changes during the project is a must. It is also a must that all these changes are approved and communicated with the appropriate parties involved. And finally closing out the deal once the project in complete is the final step. Meeting with the client again to make sure everything is correct and meets their expectations and satisfaction must be done to close out the deal. After that making sure all the billing is correct and includes any changes that were made from the original plan were revised then the client can be billed. So overall throughout all the different steps of project management communication and documentation remain key. If either of these are let down at any point in the project completion delays and rising costs are just about guaranteed.
Engebretson, J. (2008). Best practices in project management. SDM: Security Distributing & Marketing, 38(4), 54-60.