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Is your IT Project Delivery a challenge?
Let me start by saying - it should be a challenge.
Ground-breaking IT Projects that disrupt markets, drive innovation and create new revenues should push you to the outer edges of your limits and capabilities. Otherwise, what's the point? Challenges are like bacteria, there are good and bad challenges. What you need is the Project Management equivalent of Yakult! It exists, read on!
Challenge is good when it fosters success but, increasingly, clients are telling me that they are struggling to find the right resources or the time that their project demands? That's not a good challenge.
Let me share some of the other 'bad challenges' I hear, and you tell me if they ring a bell with you.
Do you, for instance, struggle to keep costs contained and predictable? Do you find your Project Management capabilities lacking (projects are more and more complex but have your in-house capabilities developed at the same rate)? Do you encounter the same issues on successive projects? Can you identify the same failure points time and again? Do you lack business intelligence reporting? Is your Programme Management Office ineffective? Is it hard to find resources that can flex up and down as your project demands it? Do you find yourself constrained by a conventional contract resource model?
If one, a few or all of these chimed with you, there is a fix. PMaaS.
You can improve your IT project delivery with Project Management as a Service.
What is PMaaS?
PMaaS kind of does what it says on the tin. You can buy in project management services ... on demand. It gives your project team access to talent that specialises in cutting edge project management - skilled and talented IT Project professionals who can jump in and hit the ground running.
Stoneseed’s Project Management as a Service (PMaaS) offers you access to Project Management staff, resource and tools at a flexible and predictable cost via a fully structured Managed Service, underpinned by KPIs and SLAs.
With some reasonable planning, PMaaS provides access to a wide portfolio of project skills, made available against your demand schedule, so this could be a single Project Manager for a few days or a large team of fully utilised project professionals. We provide a complete range of Project Management and Business Analysis services, including full Programme Management Office (PMO) providing assessments, governance, tools and people to improve your delivery capability and performance.
Set to a tailored budget, in accordance with agreed service levels, your business can secure the consistently high-quality project delivery you need, often with no net increase in the overall portfolio costs. So, whether that’s skilled resource provision or a fully Managed Service, Stoneseed can help you maximise your project success and improve your IT project delivery.
So that's the sales pitch. But what are the actual benefits?
I asked colleagues and clients to each share a benefit of PMaaS and quickly started to feel like John Cleese as Reg in Monty Python's Life of Brian! You remember the scene? Reg asks what the Romans have done to help and everyone pitches in with suggestions until, in the end, Reg says, "All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a freshwater system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?" Then Xerxes pipes up, "Brought peace."
So, when I asked, "What has PMaaS ever done for us?" This is what you told me:
Flexible on-demand resources;
High-quality project delivery;
Predictable cost model;
Business Analyst And Project Management expertise;
Honest Perspective (PMaaS tends to reveal truths that are hidden or brushed under the carpet. Having a fresh pair of eyes look over your operation often shines a light on missed opportunities);
Resource onboarding, retention and exiting;
No net increase in portfolio costs (With PMaaS, you pay for what you need);
Governance, metrics and reporting...
I bet, like The Life of Brian's Xerxes, you can add another! I’d love to hear from you. Actually, Xerxes suggestion of "brought peace" works both for the Romans and Project Management as a Service. Peace of mind is definitely one of the hidden benefits of engaging with a PMaaS partner.
To conclude and to return to my opening point. Great IT Projects SHOULD be a challenge, it's how you meet the challenge that counts, and this can be the fine line between failure and success. In any walk of life, deploying the best available resources yields the best return. In IT Project Management, PMaaS gives YOU access to the best resources - on demand.