Andrews-Cooper applies our proven Project Management processes to product and automation system development projects.
Our project management goal is to ensure we meet or exceed all expectations and contractual obligations for quality of deliverables, process compliance, schedule and cost.
Mitigating Project Risk
Our projects follow development models designed to mitigate project risk from start to completion. Our models for product development include agile and iterative approaches consisting of a series of controlled design/build/test cycles progressing from early proof of concept prototypes to pilot production units. Typical automation system development follows a fast paced design-to-build model that leverages our extensive experience integrating off-the-shelf components and subsystems.
Assigned Project Manager
An Andrews-Cooper project manager (PM) is responsible for project planning, monitoring and control for the duration of the project. These activities consist of tracking, reviewing, and orchestrating the progress and performance of the project; identifying areas in which changes to the plan are required; and initiating the corresponding changes. Project performance is measured, analyzed, and communicated to the client on a weekly basis to identify variances from the plan. Issues are identified as early as possible to provide the maximum amount of time for recovery and provide the most options for correction.
A Microsoft Project Gantt chart is the primary tool used for tracking costs and schedule. The Gantt chart is populated with a detailed breakdown of tasks, effort and duration estimates, resource allocations, and key project milestones.
The Andrews-Cooper PM organizes and facilitates regular review meetings with our client and the Andrews-Cooper team to check on project status. The frequency of these meetings can be appropriately adjusted based on project needs.
In addition to the review meetings, the PM also provides a written report to our client’s stakeholders on a weekly basis.
The project status report:
- Compares actual project performance against the project plan and schedule.
- Provides forecasts to update current cost and current schedule information.
- Reports accomplishments during the most recent reporting period.
- Describes plans for the upcoming reporting period.
- Describes progress toward upcoming milestones.
- Tracks existing project risks and the status and effectiveness of their mitigations; also identifies any new project risks that emerge.