How to Hire a Project Management Consultant

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The process of hiring a project management consultant is itself a project. There are similar characteristics in each. Look at the structure of a project... there needs to be 1) Definition, 2) Planning, 3) Development, and 4) Implementation. Hiring a consultant follows this process as well.

Define the high-level project scope. This step provides you with an understanding of your internal requirements and business expectations. It also establishes the expectations surrounding technology, knowledge requirements, who the PM will need to interact with, who the Steering Committee will be. This is a critical first step as the personality of the PM will be a critical success factor. Trite? Maybe but ultimately their ability to interact successfully with different people within the organization will make or break the project.

You should be looking for a project management candidate that fits with your culture and can perform a function that no one in your organization today is able to provide. The candidate should be able to drive tasks to completion, report on deliverables, lead teams, and deliver a successful project. Ultimately a professional project management consultant will leave you with knowledge, skills, and intellectual capital that will enable the organization in the future.

In any case, project management consultants should be able to provide an organization with the pertinent information pertaining to structuring projects. For example, he or she should be able to clearly describe the components of coordinating and completing projects, setting deadlines, assigning responsibilities, and monitoring or summarizing the project.

By far the best indicator of the skill of a project management consultant is the experience of having rescued or advised on other projects successfully. They should be able to provide demonstrable evidence of having advised on similar issues in the past and be able to clearly explain how they helped manage the project back to meeting its objectives. It is best to tease the detail of this information out of the candidate at interview. It is still useful to call for references, but more and more references are becoming bland and uninformative.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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