How effective is your project monitoring?
Project monitoring is carried out for many reasons including:
- Checking the project is still needed
- It is delivering against its business case, objectives and benefits
- It will deliver against the key driver – quality, cost or time – 1 only
- Risks and stakeholders are being managed effectively
Clearly, there are more reasons, many more. But, too frequently when I ask people on project management courses to describe how projects are monitored and controlled the feedback is usually quite negative:
- Could be better
- Too infrequent
There are several reasons for these responses, some are shown below:
- the sponsor does not get involved in the project monitoring process – abdicating any of their responsibilities
- projects are self monitored; monitored by the project manager which while OK in itself, does not ensure proper project governance
- there is no overall process within the business for monitoring or change control
- there is no overall project management culture – which would clearly include effcetive project monitoring
So, this weeks big question: just how effective is the monitoring of projects in youre company? If it’s not as good as it should be then what are you going to do about it?