A major factor in RO Systems Consulting's success is the consistency with which project managers lead projects to a timely completion with successful results and within budget. This track record is no accident. It is the product of careful planning and rigorous control from start to finish.
Our standards and methodologies are integral to our success. Project management standards are clear and concise statements that define required management activities. They provide a solid foundation for establishing a project's basic management structure, freeing our project managers to focus their attention on the unique and specific needs of their customers. Standards are organized into five categories, corresponding to key areas of project management responsibility:
- Project planning
- Project planning defines precisely what the project team will accomplish–activities, schedules, and resources–plus procedures for measuring progress along the way. Practices include high-level and detailed project planning, project plan tracking and reporting, financial management, staffing and team management, software estimation, and software metrics.
- Scope management
- Scope management defines the boundaries of a project and ensures that the project team stays appropriately focused on project goals. Activities related to contracting, deliverables, change requests, and customer requirements are managed and controlled.
- Issue and risk management
- Issue and risk management practices anticipate the questions and uncertainties that inevitably arise on all projects. These practices ensure that the project team is equipped to respond quickly and systematically in order to minimize negative effects on the project.
- Quality management
- Quality management provides a structure for ensuring that quality is built into the customer solution from the start. Adherence to this structure is ensured through ongoing peer reviews and executive oversight, including conducting regular process assessments. Quality management standards and practices address work product reviews, configuration management, and incident and defect management.
- Relationship management
- Relationship management practices help project managers build and maintain solid working relationships with customers and third parties. These relationships, predicated on honesty, hard work, and ethics, are nurtured through collaboration and continuous effective communication.
Individual standards point to detailed, practical methodologies, tools, templates, examples, and other references. In addition, project teams have access to RO Systems Consulting's Project in a Box (PIB), an online project team environment that complements our project management standards and methodologies.