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HOW PROJECT CONTROLS HELP THE PROJECTS

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Bhavinbhai Lakhani
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What are Project Controls?

Project controls are the procedures, equipment, and methods used to design, oversee, and manage projects successfully. This article will define project controls and explain how to utilize them to manage risk, keep within the project budget and scope, and complete the task on schedule. These controls play a critical role in guaranteeing that projects remain on track concerning money, schedule, quality, and other important aspects. Here are a few essential project control elements:

  1. Planning: This includes establishing goals, outlining the project’s parameters, calculating resources, and putting together a timeline and budget.
  2. Scheduling: Create a timeline that details the steps, dates, and milestones needed to finish the project on schedule.
  3. Cost Management: Keeping an eye on and managing project costs to ensure the project stays within budget. Expense analysis, expense tracking, and budget estimation are all Part of this.
  4. Risk Management: Recognizing possible risks that might affect the project’s outcome and creating plans to address or mitigate them.
  5. Performance Monitoring and Reporting: Monitoring project progress, assessing performance about objectives, and providing regular updates to stakeholders.

How to implement them in Project Management?

Implementing project controls in project management involves a systematic approach to planning, executing, and monitoring project activities to ensure successful outcomes. Here’s how you can implement each component:

Planning:

  • Define the project scope clearly, outlining project deliverables. Ensure alignment with project objectives and stakeholder expectations.
  • Break down the project scope into manageable tasks using a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Assign responsibilities and establish dependencies between tasks.
  • Develop a project management plan that includes scope management, schedule management, cost management, risk management, communication plan, and other relevant
  • Engage stakeholders early in the planning process to gather input, validate assumptions, and ensure buy-in.

Scheduling:

  • Translate the project plan and WBS into a detailed project schedule using project management software or tools like Gantt charts.
  • Sequence tasks logically, considering dependencies and constraints. Identify critical path activities that directly impact project duration.
  • Estimate task durations realistically, considering factors such as resource availability, skill levels, and potential risks.
  • Review and refine the schedule regularly to accommodate changes, resolve conflicts, and optimize resource utilization.

Cost Management:

  • Develop a comprehensive project budget that accounts for all anticipated costs, including labor, materials, equipment, overhead, and contingencies.
  • Monitor actual expenditures against the budget regularly and analyze variances to identify the root causes.
  • Implement cost control measures to mitigate cost overruns, such as renegotiating contracts, optimizing resource allocation, or revising the project scope if necessary.
  • Document and communicate cost-related decisions and their impact on the project’s financial performance.

Risk Management:

  • Examine both internal and external sources to identify potential hazards that could impact the project’s goals.
  • Evaluate the likelihood and consequences of every risk that has been discovered, giving each one a priority ranking according to how important it is to the project.
  • Create risk response plans, such as acceptance, transfer, avoidance, or mitigation, for high-priority threats.
  • Throughout the project, keep an eye on and evaluate the risks, modifying reaction plans as needed to account for evolving conditions.

Performance Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Create key performance indicators (KPIs) to track advancement toward project goals and
  • Establish a reporting system to inform stakeholders regularly on the progress of the project, the milestones that have been reached, and performance metrics.
  • Regularly evaluate employee performance to spot patterns, problems, and development
  • Make wise judgments, manage resources wisely, and proactively handle project risks and difficulties by using performance data.

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Bhavinbhai Lakhani
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Please following below what i think for your questions:

1. The number of people assigned to Project Controls depends on several factors:

  • Project Size and Complexity: Larger and more complex projects generally require more extensive Project Control teams. This could include project controllers, schedulers, cost estimators, and analysts.
  • Industry Standards: Some industries have established norms for staffing Project Control based on project size and scope.
  • Organizational Structure: The structure of the organization and its approach to project management also influence staffing decisions.

A typical approach is to ensure that there are enough resources dedicated to Project Control to effectively monitor project performance, manage risks, track costs, and report progress. This might range from a small team for smaller projects to a larger team for major initiatives.

2. Project Control and Finance are closely intertwined within a project:

  • Project Control focuses on monitoring and controlling project activities to ensure they align with project plans and objectives. This includes tracking schedules, costs, resources, and risks.
  • Finance oversees the financial aspects of the project, including budgeting, financial reporting, cash flow management, and compliance with financial regulations.

The relationship between Project Control and Finance is crucial for several reasons:

  • Financial Reporting: Project Control provides data on project performance (such as cost trends, variance analysis, and forecasts), which Finance uses for financial reporting and decision-making.
  • Budget Management: Finance relies on Project Control to monitor actual project costs against budgeted amounts and to provide insights into cost management strategies.
  • Risk Management: Both functions collaborate to assess and mitigate financial risks associated with the project.

Hope it would help you.

Thanks,

Bhavinbhai Lakhani
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Please following below what i think for your questions:

1. The number of people assigned to Project Controls depends on several factors:

  • Project Size and Complexity: Larger and more complex projects generally require more extensive Project Control teams. This could include project controllers, schedulers, cost estimators, and analysts.
  • Industry Standards: Some industries have established norms for staffing Project Control based on project size and scope.
  • Organizational Structure: The structure of the organization and its approach to project management also influence staffing decisions.

A typical approach is to ensure that there are enough resources dedicated to Project Control to effectively monitor project performance, manage risks, track costs, and report progress. This might range from a small team for smaller projects to a larger team for major initiatives.

2. Project Control and Finance are closely intertwined within a project:

  • Project Control focuses on monitoring and controlling project activities to ensure they align with project plans and objectives. This includes tracking schedules, costs, resources, and risks.
  • Finance oversees the financial aspects of the project, including budgeting, financial reporting, cash flow management, and compliance with financial regulations.

The relationship between Project Control and Finance is crucial for several reasons:

  • Financial Reporting: Project Control provides data on project performance (such as cost trends, variance analysis, and forecasts), which Finance uses for financial reporting and decision-making.
  • Budget Management: Finance relies on Project Control to monitor actual project costs against budgeted amounts and to provide insights into cost management strategies.
  • Risk Management: Both functions collaborate to assess and mitigate financial risks associated with the project.

Hope it would help you.

Thanks,

Roy André
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I have been thinking about the relation between Project Controls. It seems that you have a good understanding of how Project Controls should work.

How many people do you think should be assigned to this Project Control scope within the project?

How do you see Project Control in relation to Finance department?

Would be thankful for your considerations.

/RA