Project management lies at the heart of successful Transportation&ITS projects and ensures that projects are delivered on time and to budget, to customer and user expectations, and with minimal disruption to a business. Our customers benefit from industry leading project management expertise, capable of co-ordinating the many facets of the network design, implementation, and commissioning process. As well as managing a dedicated, multi-skilled team, our project managers can also draw on the wider experience throughout the organization gained on previous project implementations.
The Management of these projects is carried out by our Projects Department under the direct control of the Projects Director. The Projects Director and his Team will control all aspects of a project through to practical completion and handover. The Project Team has powers to call on resource from all groups within EC-ITS or our partners to ensure that the project is kept on track in terms of time-scales, quality and cost. The Project Team will also provide a single point of contact to the client and a route to the extensive range of Professional Services EC-ITS and our clients are able to offer.
The Methodology EC-ITS uses for its projects and defines the five distinctive project phases and the activities to be carried out by the project team throughout the life cycle of the project using PMI approach. In summary, the phases are:
Definition PhaseIdentification and production of the Functional Design Specification (FDS). The quality of information gathered in this phase will be key to successful delivery. The FDS will establish a baseline for the project and form the basis for planning the detailed approach.
Planning PhaseThe detailed approach developed to deliver the management, quality, communications, and specialist standards that will enable the Project Manager to meet the project objectives and achieve customer satisfaction. The output of the Planning Phase is the complete Project Management Plan which will identify resource requirements, finance requirements, specialist delivery requirements, risk assessment, contingency planning, roles and responsibilities, management reviews, quality reviews, change control and issue management.
Implementation PhaseThe delivery of the project. With the correct team in place to achieve successful delivery, the Implementation Phase will deliver the agreed customer requirement to plan. During this phase effective monitoring of planned against actual tasks will enable close review and control of the project through agreed communications channels. Change control will be formally controlled and managed to ensure an auditable tracking system is maintained.
Acceptance PhaseFormal sign off by the customer that the project has been implemented and that all requirements have been met. During this project phase, the final financial documents such as invoices, payments and contract change documents will be agreed and included within the final project account. However, the critical delivery being the complete documented history of the project, including final configurations, installed materials and part lists, layout drawings, network addressing, test results, health and safety information and supporting technical operating manuals. The accepted network will be formally taken over by the customer to safely and effectively operate.
Continue the Relationship PhaseA valued part of any project will be the relationship developed by the Project Manager with the customer. Our approach is to align Project Managers to specific customers so that a continual supporting role is available to provide customer guidance and advice.
Project Management Plan
The organization and execution of EC-ITS projects are detailed in a Project Management Plan (PMP) and is based on PMI&QBOK. The PMP details how the project will be set up and executed through to project completion and handover. The PMP is written in line with current EC-ITS Quality Procedures, will provide a single reference point for all personnel involved in the project, and will be copied to Customers on request.
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