This is a term that most project managers rarely use as they generally prefer the term objective. Take a look in your dictionary at the definition for objective and you will find a lot of text but not much clarity, it can mean many things. In sharp contrast ‘Outcome’ is defined in the Oxford dictionary as ‘the way a thing turns out’ and we think this provides a much better foundation for ensuring you end up with the result that you wanted.
We strongly advise you to invest some effort in thinking through what you want to end up with and how you will be able to test or confirm that it meets all your expectations.
There are many ways to organise a project but we believe that all follow the same overall approach:
Discover – Outcomes are clear and agreed along with the project organization, plans and budgets
Design – A clear definition of what is going to be delivered and how it needs to work with existing and planned systems
Deliver – The work to deliver and manage the change along with its completion and ‘handover’ to the teams and people who will use and maintain it.
Probably one of the most overlooked elements of any project is budget. Most Project Managers will add up all the costs of buying materials required, their time and the technical resources required and present a budget for agreement. These costs are rarely comprehensive and include any contingency.
We can help you to establish robust budgetary processes that avoid surprises and cost overruns later in a project.
- Setting up Project and Programme management offices (PMO)
- Establishing project governance practices
- Reporting, risk, issue and change control
- Trouble-shooting and re-tracking problem projects
- Project management and resourcing