However creative and innovative we are as consultants we will not be able to deliver and sustain client value unless we are also great project managers. This module explains:
- Project Management in the Consulting Context
- Project Management Skills for Consultants
- Programme Management Skills for Consultants
Please attend the webinar and complete the following activities…
14.1 Project Management in the Consulting Context
As consultants we tackle two main types of consulting project – investigative projects and implementation projects. Investigative projects are where there is a high degree of uncertainty about the project’s outcome such as in the case of strategy reviews, option appraisals and feasibility studies. Our role here as consultants is to help clients identify options and make decisions.
Once the client has decided their preferred options we may then be asked to help with implementation projects which deliver a specified outcome on time and budget. Please review the following resources to understand the core characteristics, similarities and differences of investigative and implementation projects.
14.2 Project Management Skills for Consultants
This course has already extensively covered how to design and conduct investigative projects. Implementation projects are often conducted within a recognised project management framework and a widely used one of these is known as PRINCE2 (Projects In a Controlled Environment). The full version of PRINCE2 is enormous and its full bureaucracy can easily kill smaller projects. As consultants we need to understand its underlying principles so it can be scaled to ensure the project is efficiently delivered without unnecessary bureaucracy. Please review the following resources.
14.3 Programme Management Skills for Consultants
Most organisations have many improvement projects on the go at any one time. If the overall programme is poorly managed the chances are that many of the projects will suffer badly from a lack of resources (funding and people are stretched too thinly to be effective). Programme management is how organisations manage and prioritise projects. One of the most widely used frameworks for programme management is MSP (Management of Successful Programmes). Please review the following resources.