How to Reduce the Cost of Delivering your Projects
The cost of delivering projects is increasing due to costly meetings and travel.
This article shows one way to dramatically reduce the time and costs incurred in communicating to members of your project team and at the same time improve the effectiveness of your project delivery.
Project management typically uses technology in 2 areas: project planning and monitoring (eg MS Project) and time management. These can be regarded as process management.
But what about other areas of project management? Perhaps the most important area of all is communication:
TIME IS MONEY
NEW TECHNOLOGIES IMPROVE PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS
GotoMeeting is an online service provided by Citrix. Basically, GotoMeeting enables a group of people with internet access to share their laptop screens and even talk (using Voice over IP although you can also use the telephone). The impact of this can be enormous. Project meetings no longer rely on spending time to plan the meeting, travel to it and then collate the results. Think of delivering projects faster, cheaper and more effective.
A TYPICAL PROJECT SCENARIO - PROJECT PROGRESS
Everyone logs on to the GotoMeeting session. The organiser records the whole session and makes it available to the participants for reference.
Presentation control is now handed over to one of the supppliers who shows his MS Project plan to the group and discusses a slippage. The group discuss the nature of the slippage and the impact. A technical question is asked and the supplier brings in his technical expert to answer the query (the technical expert can be brought into the meeting quickly as he is in the supplier's building).
With the previous issue explained the other supplier announces a work-around so that his delivery dates do not slip.
The meeting continues to focus on specific issues and their solution. After the meeting ends the participants move on to their other work.
The meeting lasts an hour - but no-one spends time travelling afterwards!
This is a simple example but think about how project life could be easier for you using this approach:
GotoMeeting isn't a big ticket service - it currently costs less than $50 per month for unlimited meetings. That's probably the real cost of a 10 minute phonecall between 2 managers.
Altica have been using the service for 3 years for presentations and project updates and have seen what a difference it can make. See our website for more information.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graham Perry is an IT professional based in the UK. He is owner and Managing Director of Altica - http://www.altica.co.uk/.
Further details about GotoMeeting can be found HERE