“Projects come in late because of factors beyond our control.”
It’s true that you can’t prevent problems from taking place on big projects. But can you mitigate most of their impact? Yes.
Technology failures, and political turmoil get a lot of press, but those aren’t the main culprits. Day-to-day problems cause nearly all the headaches.
The SMART project delivery system helps by prioritizing problems based on their impact on final delivery. And for problems that can’t be solved, it points out how to recover the time lost.
“To deliver projects on time, we have to meet our daily targets.”
We don’t agree. It’s neither feasible, nor advisable. It would be a different world if every task could be done on time. Problems are the norm. Trying to meet daily targets can cause teams to work on non-critical tasks.
The SMART system provides forward-looking information to bring you the right focus. Which tasks to work on, which problems to solve, where to recover delays, and more.
“We can recover delays down the line...”
Some project teams paint a rosy picture by pushing tasks to the right while keeping delivery milestones in their place. But you can’t keep pushing things off to the right. Sooner or later reality catches up.
Instead of hoping for the best later on, the SMART system assures delivery by pinpointing where to act now to get your project back on track.
“To find and address problems, senior managers have to go to the site.”
A manager’s true value on the site is to help keep teams focused and energized.
The SMART system removes the need for digging around for problems and getting status reports, so you can focus on your team.
“All we need is real-time information and we’ll be fine.”
Everyone promises ‘real-time’ updates. But ‘real-time’ isn’t enough. Knowing you are lost in traffic doesn’t really help. You also need Google Maps to tell you what you should do next.
The SMART system works like Google Maps for your project. It’s generated by smart algorithms that make alerts and updates crucial and useful.
“Project scheduling is a low-level, low-impact exercise.”
With software like Primavera and MSP, that’s true. You get complicated plans that are impossible to keep up to date, that only expert schedulers can understand, and that can’t be followed by project teams.
Our SMART data model changes all that. It’s like replacing paper maps and complicated navigation equipment with Google Maps.