A project manager's primary goal is to deliver 100% across the board on primary and secondary objectives on schedule and within budget. The correct project outline can improve efficiency and help deliver on every objective. Development can become difficult if too many problems and delays are encountered, it is paramount to structure development in a way where this is kept minimal.
Delays will multiply and workloads will increase to a level where all efforts are concentrated on treading water. Bogged down by additional meetings, last minute changes, process malfunctions, projects can be costly if not properly seen through. A strong overview structure proves to be an equitable investment for a company by delivering positive results with a pleasant and effective development process, setting up ample opportunity for future business growth.
A seasoned PM will plan head thoroughly, constructing roadmaps with copious contingency assessment. During development a PM must have a comprehensive understanding of all the tasks being carried out at the current stage, sufficient to the point where a deliverable schedule meets target dates with high accuracy.
There are a number of areas for a PM to apply focus, all of which can contribute to a successful project implementation.
Forward Roadmaps should account for multiple years of updates with flexibly structured levels. Data analysis should be provided to support projections and confirmed in QA testing and live deployment numbers.
Project Development Process consists of how smoothly the project developed over time on its path towards completion. Ideally this means a cordial, enthusiastic, and cooperative atmosphere.
Budget effective procurement- Quality cost assessment can make a significant difference in the long term. Technology should be built to take advantage of all resources, including forward integration considerations.
Delay avoidance- Similar to a company's roadmap, a process map specifically relates to the current workflow for a business. In addition to preparing sound development map, the transition in process maps must coincide without conflict.
Working as a consultant meant my experience varied greatly in term of methodology used. Working for a small firm means adapting to a company's existing structure more than being allowed to introduce your own (that privilege is reserved for those who represent prestigious names and established authorities in the business world). It is relatively believed that agile development is the most advantageous of modern philosophies, but different companies have different ideas for what that means. Many companies will tout it's agile methodology that is broken down into minutely specific roles and complicated processes. Sometimes a learning curve enhances employee participation by appealing to their sense of accomplishment (a benefit featured well in Scrum management), but a complicated process always carries the risk of detracting attention away from results.
What is universal for companies is to have cross-dependent departments with some level of hierarchy and a clear division of responsibilities. Flexibility is always encouraged but often times overlooked in favor of system validation. As a PM for hire you learn to adapt to a company's philosophies while administering sound third party advice related to the market backed up by data analysis and effective project deployment.