Project Management

Leveraging Industry Best Practices and Deep Domain Knowledge to Provide Effective Project Management Support

Simply stated, the odds are against technical project managers.

To ensure that enterprise performance achieves strategic vision, decision-makers must answer three critical questions:

  1. Is my enterprise strategic plan aligned with my vision and mission?
  2. Am I performing the right projects, with the right priorities, to support my strategy?
  3. Are my projects performing within scope, schedule, budget, and quality standards?
The Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF) is a critical enabler, linking enterprise performance to vision.
     The FEAF was established in response to the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 to facilitate the shared development of common processes and information among government agencies. Based on the FEAF, a given architecture can be partitioned into
  1. Business architecture: What is done, by whom, how, when and why.
  2. Data architecture: Information used by the Agency to do business.
  3. Application architecture: Applications/software that process data IAW-defined business rules.
  4. Technology Architecture: Technology infrastructure that supports the above three layers.

Both research and experience illustrate an abysmal success rate for large, technology-based projects.  Although there are numerous reasons why and how projects fail, there is a consistent theme.    The technology, itself, became the focus of the project and not effective project management processes.  In fact, according to Gartner Research, technology challenges are significantly easier to overcome in government IT projects than either process issues or stakeholder politics.

To overcome these challenges, a disciplined project management process, based upon industry best practices must be executed throughout the lifecycle of the project.  Accordingly, the project team must:

The Standish Group in a landmark report found that only 34% of all systems implementation projects were successful. A staggering 15% of the projects were never completed or used. And, the remaining 51% of the projects were challenged in one or more of the following areas:

  • Over budget
  • Over schedule
  • Under-performing.

  • Evaluate and select the appropriate process framework to meet project objectives
  • Use a defined approach to align project specifications and plans to meet deliverable requirements
  • Identify and comply with stakeholder stated and implied needs, wants and expectations
  • Monitor and balance competing demands of scope, time, cost, quality, resources and risk to produce a quality product

To support this process, the information needed to initiate, plan, execute, monitor & control and close a project must be fully identified and documented.

 

The Project Management Lifecycle

Frequently, project failure occurs because the project team focuses almost exclusively upon project execution without giving due diligence to all five phases for the project lifecycle.  These phases include:

Initiating—Authorizes project, establishes project scope, characteristics, boundaries, deliverables, acceptance criteria initial risks, initial schedule and defines stakeholders roles & responsibilities.

Planning—Selects applicable project process frameworks, determines requisite tools & techniques, and how changes will be managed.

Executing—Staffs project team, completes necessary procurements, implements quality assurance, distributes information and executes project activities in accordance with the project management plan.

Monitoring & Controlling—Analyzes, tracks and monitors project risks, compares project performance against project management plan, assesses and recommends preventive and corrective actions.

Closing—verifies and documents all completed project activities and deliverables, documents and archives project activities, as applicable, and closes all contracts.

 

Oak Line’s PM Services Ensure Project Success

At Oak Line, we understand the importance of effective enterprise management in order to achieve business success. That’s why we offer comprehensive enterprise management support services to help our clients optimize their operations and reach their goals. Our enterprise management services include:

Oak Line has a proven track record of delivering high-quality project management services to the federal government. We understand the unique challenges and importance of government projects and are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals through effective planning, execution, and control.

Project Integration: We help clients manage all aspects of a project to ensure that project goals are met and all stakeholders are aligned.

Scope Management: We help government clients define project scope and ensure that it is properly managed throughout the project lifecycle.

Schedule Management: We develop project schedules and ensure that they are adhered to throughout the project lifecycle.

Cost Management: We help government clients manage project costs, including budgeting and financial management, to ensure that the project stays within budget.

 

Management System enables us to provide quality assurance services to ensure that project deliverables meet or exceed the required quality standards.

Human Resource Management: We help manage project human resources, including staffing, training, and performance management.

Communications: We help government clients manage project communications, including stakeholder engagement, information dissemination, and reporting.

Risk Management: Using our ISO 31000 compliant risk management system, we identify and manage project risks, including developing and implementing risk management plans.

Procurement Management: We help government clients manage project procurement, including identifying and procuring additional resources as needed.

 

Our Commitment to Excellence

   At Oak Line, we take pride in being fully ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 31000 certified. These certifications are a testament to our commitment to quality and excellence in everything we do. Here’s how our certifications bring value to our clients:

ISO 9001 Certification – Quality Management Systems

ISO 9001 is the world’s most accepted standard for Quality Management Systems. Our ISO 9001-Certified Quality Management System guarantees that our processes are well-defined, efficient, and in compliance with contract requirements, which helps us to deliver consistent and reliable services to our clients.

ISO 27001 Certification – Information Security Management System

Our ISO 27001-Certified Information Security Management System ensures that our clients’ data is protected against unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, destruction, or disruption, giving them peace of mind that their information is secure.

For companies working in the IT, medical or cybersecurity fields, this standard will show your customers that you can safely handle and protect information that is mission critical.

Our ISO 31000-Certified Compliant Risk Management

Our ISO 31000-Certified Compliant Risk Management System ensures that our clients’ missions are managed with a proactive approach to identify, assess and prioritize risks, so that we can mitigate them before they become issues.

Our certifications are independently audited and maintained which ensures that we always maintain the highest standards in quality, information security, and risk management.

Our ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 31000 certifications reflect our commitment to go “above and beyond” to support our clients. It is easy to talk about a commitment to excellence.

Oak Line proves it…and delivers it.