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Project Manager : Project Manager Apr May 2014
40 Project Manager Project controls group Do you know enough about project controls? Whether you're a PM realising that an interest in the quantitative areas of project management is mandatory or an old hand at the 'dark art', the Project Controls Special Interest Group is a useful addition to the education and networking toolkit. ASH ANAND FIVE YEARS AGO, AIPM'S VICTORIAN Chapter launched the Project Controls Special Interest Group (PCSIG) in direct response to the growing need for knowledge and education in the quantitative areas of project management, know n as project control. "While project managers focus much of their effort on delivery of project outcomes through stakeholder and project team management, project controls practitioners complement the PM through coordination of the quantitative elements," explains PCSIG Chair Mark Ruffell-Hazell. Project controls doesn't limit itself to one of PMBOK's 10 areas; instead, its principles weave through each and every one. Project controls can sound a bit mysterious and confusing to a PM. "In the past, project controls was seen as an arcane science or a dark art," says Michael Ratcliffe, AIPM Victorian Chapter President. " e definition of project controls and scope of its operation is subject to ongoing debate, and its meaning evolves as the understanding of project management develops." e challenge, he says, has always been making information about a project more accessible and digestible. After all, this information supports better project outcomes. To help build a community to capture and share knowledge about project controls, the PCSIG formed in Febr uary 2009. e aim was to provide a for um for established professionals in the field and to help those project management specialists who wanted to advance in this important area of practice. " e field fundamentally concerns the status of a project; it is analytical and more quantitative than qualitative. Project controls revolves around areas of schedule, quality, resources, costs, value and risk," Ratcliffe says. is core element of project management is about planning and estimation, then monitoring, measuring and forecasting progress to the plan. The process, which operates at all managerial levels of a project, facilitates better decision making and action taking, from project governa nce through to project administration. Benefits of the PCSIG are plentiful; it promotes an effective network of practitioners with whom project controllers can engage, and membership to this elite group of specialists, is, surprisingly, free. Events "Each year we establish a calendar of events -- typically four or five a year -- where we invite practitioners to share initiatives, tips and hot topics," Ruffell-Hazell says. Typically, an event walks members through a particular project, discussing what worked well, what didn't, what the challenges were and how they overcame them. Topics discussed have been varied, ranging from 'Building and managing a knowledge transfer toolkit' to 'Real Gantt Charts were smarter than you think: lessons from Henry Gantt's methodology that can make your projects really successful'. e events are typically held in Melbourne with roughly 25 members attending each one. "As our events are not catered, we usually go for a meal after wards, so although networking is at the individual 's expense, it's a very useful and informal opportunity to connect with others in the industry," explains Ruffell-Hazell. e PCSIG also has a popular LinkedIn presence; with more than 150 members contributing, the platform acts as a reference site for industry specialists to share their e xperiences and insights about project controls. PROJECT CONTROL PRACTITIONERS COMPLEMENT THE PROJECT MANAGER THROUGH COORDINATION OF THE QUANTITATIVE ELEMENTS
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