Project Management try the Check Your Security approach.

Project Management try the Check Your Security approach.

What is it Project Management in security?

Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time. As an end user is on board it is important that you clearly understand why they are doing this meeting unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value.                  

There are many different management systems that can be used based on different industries or you can modify and create your own – we have chosen the later based on previous experience.

On receiving an order or instruction from a client is when the work begins popping a bottle of champagne comes at the successful completion of the project when both you the end user and involved parties can have a glass of bubbly together.

  

So you got the order what next?

It is paramount that you have a good working relationship with the end user to clearly understand Why they are doing this and put in place a plan to meet their expectation and time frame.

This starts at your first meeting, building on what the end users requirements, concentrating and offering advice with options on How they want to go about it.

Utilising tools such as Microsoft Project™ to put together the individual steps, time and resources needed can help in documenting and understand what budget is required to achieve the result plus manage and communicate the rollout in a given time frame. Having dynamic tools are great when changes need to be on the fly this helps to assess what ratifications will occur to timeframes resources and costs with given options. Should difficulties or unexpected problems occur this comes into it’s own in meeting critical timeframes budgets and rollout plans.

So what is a check list?

  • Establish with all parties what are we trying to achieve – what is the final desired outcome
  • Planning – resources equipment people and timeframes - achievability is the key putting a plan in place that everyone agrees with. 
  • Incorporation of critical path and project milestones to help manage expectations project goals and timeframes.
  • Monitor and control - regular reports & meetings - everything documented and communicated thus minimising unpleasant surprises
  • Completion & successful outcome assessed