Project Management Performance
Project management is an important aspect of any business, and in the health care industry it is no different. Being able to manage productivity is a vital role of operation management since there is always a need to focus on reducing cost and increase productivity. “Productivity is an overall measure of the ability to produce a good or service. More specifically, productivity is the measure of how specified resources are managed to accomplish timely objectives as stated in terms of quantity and quality” (Productivity concepts and measures, n.d.).
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As a manager, specifically a project manager, understanding the impact is vital. Lack of training or not enough training is a major constraint as well as availability of resources or data. The multi and single factor productivity table shows that they need to work on continuing to increase productivity. Although the table also reflects that there has been improvement from previous months, there is still improvement that is needed. One major aspect is being able to keep up with the internal patterns of productivity. Being able to identify the fluctuations of productivity in a monthly period and be able to use them for comparison against other hospitals or even within the same hospital within a monthly or yearly period would really impact Trinity General’s foodservice department.
Project Management Application
Being able to manage cost using metrics of labor productivity may be a good approach for other health care organizations. However, in the place of Trinity General Hospital this approach will not be sufficient. A good method to use would be to consider implementing a project using the four stages of project management. These stages are pre-approval of project, project organization and definition, project scheduling and design, and project control and management (Langabeer, 2008).
The application of management in regards to the project can be very beneficial. Having a process to follow can really impact the results and have a successful impact in productivity while quality would be improved and the cost of labor reduced. Using a staffing model, which can be used by dividing employees, who are full-time, into their best skill sets can be one application used. Being able to manage the time spent on nonproductive things and putting in place the labor of part-time employees is called labor model, which is another application that can be used. In the case of Trinity General Hospital, the single and multi-factor productivity ratios, which are mainly used to monitor, measure and rate the effectiveness of variances was used.
Using Figures to Monitor Productivity
There is a technique used to integrate the schedule, scope and resources of a project and be able to report and measure the performance of a project from beginning to end and it is called Earned value (Callahan, 2007). An example would be to create the length of a project is expected to be completed, the duration to complete, the value planned and then reviewing the actual results. The actual time used in the first week, any...