Keep your asset management journey moving forward with this collection of valuable industry information, project management tips and examples of real-world project successes. We’ll add information regularly, so check back for additional ways that you can embrace the journey and arrive at success.

The difference between successful projects and those that miss the mark is often the project team. And like any jigsaw puzzle, a good project team just isn’t complete without all of its pieces. Is your team missing any of these pieces?

  1. Project Director
    A project director (PD) is much like a straight-edge puzzle piece—it helps hold the puzzle together. PDs define and contain scopes, manage expectations and allocate resources while maintaining overall responsibility for project success. As the primary consultant of record, the PD serves as a conduit between the client and consultant, weighing in on communication (as needed) and supporting a collaborative relationship between the client and project manager. PDs work alongside clients to match their needs with the appropriate consultant resources.
  2. Project Manager
    Think of a project manager (PM) as a corner piece. This highly tactical role controls the direction of projects and has the authority to make on-the-spot decisions. As the consultant’s eyes and ears, PMs consistently interact with both the PD and the client to address questions, maintain momentum and ensure quality. Responsible for managing the project’s scope, schedule and budget with an eye toward increased efficiency, the PM strives to deliver the completed project according to the agreed-upon scope of work.
  3. Functional Analyst
    A puzzle can’t be completed without its interior pieces.A functional analyst (FA) is such a distinctive member of the team. Responsible for translating the client’s business needs into the technical requirements for the project, FAs create blueprints that explains the client’s needs using the consultant’s language. They select the system components best-suited to meeting their client’s expressed needs. The FA builds upon or improves the client’s existing business system by scripting the delivery of a client-focused project.
  4. Technical Analyst
    A puzzle can’t be filled without its interior pieces. Like an interior piece, a technical analyst (TA) fills in the bulk of the project work by building software components that match the FA’s blueprint. The TA deals primarily with the FA to collaborate with the client on technical requirements.
  5. Organizational Change Analyst
    You have assembled your puzzle, but to prevent it from coming apart again, you’ll need to add some glue. And that’s where the organizational change analyst (OCA) comes in. As a client moves through a project, the OCA provides stability and encourages longevity by managing accompanying change. With a focus on end-user adoption, utilization and proficiency, the OCA binds the client to the successful implementation, mitigates risk and communicates benefits.

With all the key pieces in place and the puzzle solved, you can step back and watch your project take shape.