Projects don’t always go as planned. The number one reason new technology – like an AMS, CMS, or website – doesn’t meet hopes and expectations is because an organization lacks adequate project management resources.
Most association staff already have a full plate. According to industry experts, a typical project management role demands 50-100% of a person’s time. Where does that time come from? What happens when project oversight is added to an already stretched-thin employee’s responsibilities? Projects end up behind schedule and over budget, shortcuts are taken, and the Tylenol runs out.
DelCor consultants relieve system implementation stress. With our help, your organization can free up internal resources (so they can continue to focus on your members and mission), while minimizing the risks of going off schedule or over budget. Our consultants hold the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, the industry-recognized certification for project managers. Because of their background in association management, they also understand association operations, processes and practices, culture, and politics.
Here’s what we do when providing implementation oversight on a project:
- Define the scope of the project and roles of everyone involved.
- Develop a project management plan.
- Facilitate communication and coordination of work.
- Review ongoing work to ensure contract compliance.
- Monitor and update the project management plan.
Most association professionals aren’t project management experts like we are, yet are expected to take on that role and succeed. We know, from the stories we hear in the association community, that frustration is more likely than success, so we decided to do something about that. We hosted Progress U. – The Project Management Edition, an unconference to share “next practices” for project management, in May 2011. You can still check out the day’s takeaways and resources on our Progress U. website.
If your team needs a project management specialist, we’re ready to get on board. Put down the Tylenol and contact us today.
Take a deeper look at our cradle-to-grave project management approach: