Project controls are put into place to identify areas of potential risk and provide a mechanism to adjust the project as needed.  Controls can also be used to monitor a projects progress.  We use a variety of methods to put controls on a project and will work with you to select the ones that provide the best fit for a project.  Examples of controls are:

Scope Controls

These controls identify those items that are within scope and manage those that are out of scope.  By keeping a project on task variances in budget and schedule may be reduced.  Identified items that come up as “out of scope” can be put on a parking lot and addressed at a later time when funding permits.

  • Charter
  • Project Management Plan
  • Requirements Matrix
  • Gap Analysis

Schedule Controls

These controls detail the plan for when activities are to be completed and in what order.  Using a critical path assessment will tell you what items are crucial to the project timeline and elevates the priority of any prerequisites to keep the project within the planned timeline.  Using these controls as leading indicators will help identify potential slips in the schedule.

  • Project Management Plan
  • Project Schedule
  • Work Performance Metrics
  • Critical Path Assessment

Cost Controls

These controls are put in place to manage the funds allocated for the project.  We work with you to understand the potential costs of the project considering not only fixed costs but potential material, labor and expenses.  For longer term projects pricing escalators may be in effect and will be accounted for in out budgeting forecasts.  We will work with you finance team to ensure all cost accounting codes and activities are in line with your approved protocols.

  • Project Management Plan
  • Project Funding Requirements
  • Inventory Analysis
  • Budget Forecasts

Quality Controls

These controls are in place to ensure you are receiving the expected quality in the project.  We use a variety of tests and metrics depending on which are the most appropriate for the project.  Once a standard is established we will work with you to ensure the expectations are met.

  • Quality Controls
  • Quality Metrics
  • Deliverables Review
  • Verification Test
  • Validation Test

Risk Controls

These controls are put in place to assess the risk associated with project activities.  Risk assessment is an ongoing activity and is included in report outs and job briefings. We will work with your field team to ensure that they can communicate potential risks in the field in a timely manner. We are focused on Safety, Regulatory and Environmental concerns.

  • Risk Register
  • Risk Assessments
  • Audits
  • Performance Reports

Administrative Controls

These controls are the normal purview of the project management office.  They are the various reports for key performance indicators and provide leading indicators for potential problems.  These controls are also put into place to track change orders and adjustments in expectations.  Schedules and Budgets are reported using these methods but they are managed using controls designed for that purpose.

  • Procurement Documentation
  • Performance Reports
  • Change Requests
  • Project Management Plan

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