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Benefits of Project Management in IT

Project management provides businesses with a method of planning, organising, managing and executing specific tasks, objectives, or goals. It is widely used in IT but can be applied to any business.

A project is essentially a temporary piece of work that falls outside of the usual day to day business operation. This could be anything from moving offices or recabling your network infrastructure. When dealing with IT projects, special project management tools and techniques can be very beneficial to ensure a higher success rate in the long run.

Planning and implementing IT projects can be tricky for a variety of reasons, making the ability to complete them successfully a valuable asset to a company. This blog will explain some of the project management techniques used by the Pinacl Global Delivery Alliance and also the benefits that project management can bring.

Project Management Techniques 

Agile Project Management

Agile management, or agile process management, or simply agile refers to an iterative, incremental method of managing the design and build activities of engineering, information technology and other business areas that aim to provide new product or service development in a highly flexible and interactive manner; an example is its application in Scrum, an original form of agile software development.

Agile project management is a technique that is widely used during IT Projects and is one of the big buzzwords in the industry today. Agile simply is a different way of managing IT developments and projects. Agile methods put more emphasis on the project managers communication and coordination skills compared to traditional methods where planning and control are paramount.

PRINCE 2

Another common project management tool that is used throughout the industry is the PRINCE 2 Methodology.  PRINCE 2 is a structured method that gives a clear but flexible approach to running projects factoring in the things that work well. PRINCE 2 helps you do the job of running the project and mitigates the chance of mistakes. Driven by processes that cover everything from project creation to closure of the project, PRINCE 2 is a method that can be used on almost any type of project.

Lean Project Management

The final concept this blog will explore is the lean project management method. Lean project management is the comprehensive adoption of other lean concepts like lean construction, lean manufacturing and lean thinking in a project management context. Lean project management has many ideas in common with other lean concepts. However the main principle is delivering more value with less waste in a project context. Unlike the agile method mentioned above, this solution focuses on how to lean manage the project and not how to make the execution itself more efficient.

The Lean management process is based on a five phase model covering; project initiation, project planning, project execution, monitoring and controlling and lastly project closure. Lean project management is a success when the right people are empowered to make decisions at a low level and team communication is promoted throughout the project. Standardised best practice and fine-tuned governance must be adopted to ensure a successful project.

What benefits does Project Management bring to your organisation?

The benefits of project management serve everyone involved in the process; the project manager, the client, and the team that implement the overall project.

  • Better Efficiency in Delivering Services – Project management whether it be any of the above methodologies provides a plan that is easily followed and leads to project completion. 
  • Increase in Level of Quality – Project management when done correctly can increase quality standards since it clearly outlines processes and best practices to minimise errors. It is essential that time is taken to define quality for your current project. If you select customer satisfaction as the definition then a customer survey needs to be created and applied to the project.
  • Mitigates Risks – Risk management plays a key role in project management and planning needs to be an ongoing effort that cannot stop after a qualitative risk assessment or setting of contingency levels. Risk management includes front-end planning of how major risks will be mitigated and managed once identified.
  • Enhanced Effectiveness in Delivering Services – Outsourcing your IT project to a company that specialises in project management will increase efficiency and effectiveness. Their experience in delivering services will be paramount and ensures risks are managed or mitigated proactively.

Why choose the PGDA for Project Management?

Pinacl has founded the Alliance (PGDA) to take the complexity out of projects by enabling our customers to benefit from a single point of contact for all IT delivery on a global scale. Pinacl has experience of completing complex projects and a prime example that can be used is the Dimension Data Project.

Dimension Data were the contract lead for a leading British high street bank that were facing key technology challenges globally. Their Campus’ and Wireless infrastructure was pivotal in providing a stable, highly available, scalable and flexible platform to underpin the technology group in the provision and support of IT services to the business in all regions of the Globe. Pinacl were chosen because of their experience in delivering high-end WiFi surveys, customers gain access to the PGDA, and Pinacl offer centralised project management to its customers.

To find out more about the PGDA visit our PGDA page or email enquiries@pinaclsolutions.com .