Projectmanagement	  in	  a	  consultancy	  environment	         Gerard	  Martens	  
Subject	          !   Projectmanagement	  in	  a	  consultancy	  environment	                ¡    seems	  obvious	       ...
What	  is	  a	  project	          !    Advice	          !    Study	          !    EvaluaGon	          !    Managing	  a	  ...
Academic	  environment	          Different	  kinds	  of	  studies	          !   Research	  project	          !   Knowledge	...
Experience	          ! GeSng	  the	  right	  product	          !   In	  Gme	          !   At	  the	  right	  expense	     ...
Project	  	          !   Offer	                 ¡    Plan,	  approach	                         •  Goals/quesGons/hypothese...
Risks	          !   Curiosity	  is	  a	  good	  academic	  quality	  and	  essenGal	  for	  a	  consultant,	  but	  7	  
Risks	          !   Curiosity	  generates	  bright	  ideas,	  new	  quesGons	  	              But	  also:	  	             ...
Risks	          !   Experience	  in	  evaluaGon	  study	                ¡    Extensive	  plan,	  based	  on	  hypotheses	...
Risks	           !   UnderesGmaGon	  of	  effort	                 ¡    Your	  risk?	                         •  Extra	  ho...
Risks	  and	  risk	  management	           !   Simple	  measures:	                 ¡    SGck	  to	  the	  plan!	         ...
Ques=ons?	  12	  
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TIL/T&P Masterclass presentation by Gerard Martens (Arane) about project management. December 2011.

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Projectmanagement in a consultancy environment; Gerard Martens

  1. 1. Projectmanagement  in  a  consultancy  environment   Gerard  Martens  
  2. 2. Subject   ! Projectmanagement  in  a  consultancy  environment   ¡  seems  obvious   ¡  but  is  not!   !   NOT:  projectmanagement  methods  (like  PRINCE2):   in  complex  situaGons   ¡  OrganisaGon   ¡  Stages  2  
  3. 3. What  is  a  project   !  Advice   !  Study   !  EvaluaGon   !  Managing  a  proces   !  Concept  development   !  SimulaGon  studies   !  …   In general client wants: •  to answer specific questions •  achieve well-defined goal3  
  4. 4. Academic  environment   Different  kinds  of  studies   !   Research  project   !   Knowledge  development   !   ExploraGon     →  develop  a  lot  of  skills     !   (PhD  )  Students  are  able  to  assist  in  commercial  projects  with  these  skills   Risk???4  
  5. 5. Experience   ! GeSng  the  right  product   !   In  Gme   !   At  the  right  expense   Risk? Yes!5  
  6. 6. Project     !   Offer   ¡  Plan,  approach   •  Goals/quesGons/hypotheses   •  Methods   •  Stages   •  Results   ¡  Time  schedule   !   No  big  difference  with  your  approach?   ¡  Costs!   !   Time=money   !   Projectmanagement  =  Gme  management:     ¡  Time  schedule  and   ¡  Hours  spent  6  
  7. 7. Risks   !   Curiosity  is  a  good  academic  quality  and  essenGal  for  a  consultant,  but  7  
  8. 8. Risks   !   Curiosity  generates  bright  ideas,  new  quesGons     But  also:     ¡  DistracGon  from  original  quesGons:  wrong  focus   ¡  ‘Repair’:  Extra  hours   ¡  Delay  8  
  9. 9. Risks   !   Experience  in  evaluaGon  study   ¡  Extensive  plan,  based  on  hypotheses   ¡  Well-­‐defined  output:  tables,  graphs,  staGsGcal  tests   ¡  A  lot  of  data  with  a  lot  of  possibiliGes   ¡  a  PhD  student  was  hired  for  dataprocessing   ¡  Invented  his  own  graphs  and  tables  (He  thought  that..)   ¡  Result   •  Delay:  meeGng  to  discuss  results  was  cancelled   •  Costs:  discussions  with  client  and  student   •  Extra  Gme  to  be  spent  by  student:  at  his  own  costs!  9  
  10. 10. Risks   !   UnderesGmaGon  of  effort   ¡  Your  risk?   •  Extra  hours   •  Night  work   ¡  Risk  consultancy/client   •  Delay     !   Unclear  assignment   ¡  Do  you  know  what  to  do?   !   Problems   ¡  Data   ¡  Unexpected  results   ¡  ‘Useless’  results   ¡  Computer  crash   ¡  ….  10  
  11. 11. Risks  and  risk  management   !   Simple  measures:   ¡  SGck  to  the  plan!   ¡  Regular  check!   •  Progress   •  Hours  spent   ¡  CommunicaGon   •  Ideas  are  sGll  welcome,  but   !   Propose  a  change  of  plan   !   With  moGvaGon  and   !   Consequences  in  Gme  and  money   !   The  consultancy  and  client  decide   •  Contact  the  consultancy  in  Gme:   !   Don’t  be  afraid  to  ask  quesGons   !   Possible  delays  and     !   Problems   !   Your  control  measures  11  
  12. 12. Ques=ons?  12  

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