More often than not, organizations fall short of realizing their strategic objectives by not adequately planning all the activities, resources, opportunities and risks that can affect success. When challenges arise that threaten accomplishment of goals, business owners, executives and project managers are often tempted to apply quick fixes or default back to dated practices common within the organization. Although this can temporarily satisfy near term activities, it is not often a long-term plan to achieve desired results.
Alethian Strategies provides objectivity and experience to turn strategic objectives into viable plans for accomplishment by applying best business and project management practices that include:
Thorough Project Planning. This may be the most important stage in the process of managing a project, and often the one most rushed. It is when the compliant foundation for scope, cost, schedule and quality is laid; requirements are identified; business objectives are defined; expectations are stated; and impediments to success are identified.
Effective Process Management. Business management and operational processes are often not aligned or integrated well enough to support each other effectively. Dated processes, lack of integrated systems, legacy practices and data integrity need reviewed to identify and implement changes to streamline operations and improve organizational efficiency.
Diligent Project Management. Plan the work, then work the plan. This is a key area where government requirements often mandate EVMS compliance and organizations like to implement best business practices. This means ensuring that processes exist and are being actively implemented to define and organize the work, assign roles and responsibilities to perform the work, develop and maintain a resource-loaded, risk-based integrated critical path method (CPM) schedule, identify and acquire key resources, achieve buy-in and baseline an integrated plan to establish a budget for performance, monitor progress and implement corrective actions when warranted, communicate and integrate status, mitigate risks, leverage opportunities, control execution and changes that can affect accomplishment of scope, cost and schedule.
Objective Performance Analysis. Analysis is an iterative process. It starts at the very beginning of the project, continues throughout execution, and for wise organizations, culminates in a post-project lessons learned evaluation for future reference.
Managing a large-scale project can be complex, but totally achievable if carefully defined and well planned. We can assess your existing plans and operations to look for improvements or potential shortcomings, or we can work with you to develop a comprehensive strategy tailored to your requirements, organization and goals.
Before you commit significant resources to a key initiative, leverage our experience to ensure your strategic objective, program or project is adequately planned, with a clearly defined end state and valid implementation strategy. Our objective assessment and guidance for accomplishing your goals will pay for itself during execution by ensuring you implement a comprehensive plan for success, understanding how to mitigate risks that could impact performance, and how to utilize proven resource and contract management strategies to protect your interests.
Alethian Strategies, LLC is managed by Lisa Maul, MBA, PMP, a results-oriented executive with a tenured career built by managing progressively challenging government projects from both federal and commercial perspectives. In addition to managing projects associated with $25-500M contracts, she has developed, justified, and executed projects requiring annual budgets in excess of $100 million dollars, as well as life-cycle projects that exceed $1 billion dollars.
Lisa has assembled an exceptional team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in business development, project management, earned value management, technical communications, scheduling, cost management, cost estimating, risk management, finance and accounting, and desktop publishing. Together we satisfy client needs by providing efficiently managed, integrated processes to deliver high-quality products that exceed client expectations.