For a business to succeed it needs to be constantly changing to respond to the environment it operates in. A lot of times these changes are small and seem like business as usual. Other times it might take several months to introduce the change, substantial resources need to be committed, or expectations from a number of parties within and outside of the organisation need to be managed. Examples of these larger changes include introducing new systems and processes, moving premises, developing and launching a new product or service, and opening a branch in a new location. To minimise the risks involved and ensure success, these larger changes are best managed as projects.
A good project manager can take the burden of managing the project away from business leaders, freeing them up to focus on growing the business throughout the change. They keep track of the detailed tasks that need to be done and yet are able to step back to ensure that the project is still on track to achieve its strategic objectives. And they are excellent communicators, engendering the support they need from suppliers, customers, staff and management to deliver the project within approved timeframes and budgets.
Using a qualified Project Manager to deliver a significant change in your business can be the difference between the success and failure of the project.