"Fast Start for Projects™" is a facilitated workshop that significantly decreases the cycle-time required for project definition and planning. The facilitated session uses an interactive process that engages the clients project team to develop a well-defined and integrated project plan. Project Fast Start answers the question: how fast can we effectively plan the project?
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Working together, the client Project Manager and team follow an 11-task process that results in a work scope, schedule and cost plan for the project. The Fast Start technique incorporates proven best practice techniques that help the project team develop a common project objective, understand their specific project roles, take ownership, and to formalize the project scope, schedule and resource requirements.
Project Fast Start also reinforces project management competency and skill development by incorporating the principle that adults learn best by doing. The session is typically 2 days in length and is conducted at the client location.
The specific outputs of the Fast Start are:
- Project objective statement
- Project planning assumptions
- Project deliverables
- Project constraint assessment
- Project organization chart
- Identification of requirements, strategy, and critical success factors
- Stakeholder listing
- Project risk log
- Work Breakdown Structure
- Detailed schedule
- Resource estimate
- Action-plan forward
The Fast Start is led by a PM tec Inc. senior project management consultant/facilitator who guides the project team and who serves as a senior level coach throughout the process. A PMtec Inc. expert scheduler/project controls specialist supports the facilitator. Prior client knowledge of project management is helpful, but not required.
Fast Start has been successfully used on over 200 projects, ranging from large to small and from complex technical projects (e.g. defense, semiconductors, software and hardware, research, technology, etc.) to administrative projects (process improvements, service, training, human resources etc.). PMtec Inc. is also an authorized distributor of Primavera software products and recommends Primavera Project Planner (P3), or Primavera Project Planner Enterprise (P3E) to record the project schedule and resource information generated from the Project Fast Start. However, any project management software can be used.
PM tec, Inc. also offers a licensing arrangement for Project Fast Start wherein PM tec, Inc. trains-the-trainers for broad application of the technique within an organization. Project Fast Start is also consistent with the Project Management Body of Knowledge published by the Project Management Institute.
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