An integral part of any initiative that Mark Longo works on is Project Management (PM). We fully embrace the notion of “Measure twice, cut once” when so much is at stake. Every project is an opportunity for organizations to reinforce that “things can be done and done well”. A successful project requires leadership, discipline and finesse in managing all relationships, motivating project resources and approving project deliverables. Project Management also requires planning, problem solving, communication and negotiation skills in order to deliver the initiative.
Mark Longo’s approach to project management is a holistic one that goes beyond simply managing the project’s budget or timeline. For Mark Longo, the true value in managing a client's initiative involves managing the client relationship as well. It requires an overarching understanding of the corporate strategic objective for the organization and how the project fits in with this organizational direction. It also requires a hands-on approach to understanding the project activities and managing the project resources.
Each client initiative is unique and may require varying degrees of focus in specific areas. Some projects may need tighter scope management where as others may require greater risk management. Whatever the need, Mark Longo’s Project Managers are highly qualified and versatile. When managing projects, our Project Managers engage in activities such as:
As a result, Mark Longo’s PMs have a full appreciation for the client’s environment, governance structures, culture and processes whereby they direct and guide initiatives with confidence to get the job done! Our PMs often become sounding boards for our Project Sponsors so together we navigate through to success.
Organizations often utilize internal resources to help manage key projects or initiatives. Depending on the size and scope of the project, this is a great alternative to hiring external resources. However, this alternative may not always be available. Internal resources that are tasked with key projects are often faced with the challenge of juggling their day-to-day activities while trying to manage a project that may require a great deal of time and focus.
Sometimes an external PM is required for a number of reasons such as:
Mark Longo Project Managers are experienced professionals with a versatile and relentless capacity to deliver on project commitments. They get the job done. They have worked with all levels of management; have developed and trained on proven methodologies; have gained deep insights into team dynamics, have adapted best practices of different industries; and have injected an external perspective with fresh insights into organizations.
Through our years of experience in managing projects, we have encountered project challenges that could have derailed projects if not managed properly. These may include:
At Mark Longo, we believe the most critical component of project management is the up-front planning required to set the stage. Prior to commencing any client initiative, Mark Longo works with the organization to clearly define the scope and understand the goals and objectives of the initiative. However, having a clearly defined scope is just half the battle. Ensuring the project sticks to the plan is the other half. Without tight scope management, change and quality control processes, it’s very easy for a project timeline to see extensions and budgets to climb out of control.
Being too rigid isn’t always the answer either. At Mark Longo we plan for things to change and we appreciate the need for activities to be modified accordingly, especially with long term projects. While the overarching plan may be fixed, the detailed activities may need to be agile and flexible to deflect challenges while protecting the overall project outcomes.
“Although we had the technical resources required for this project we clearly needed project management expertise. Your leadership and project management skills were instrumental in the successful implementation of not only the system but also the entire process. Your ability to keep everyone on track and focused on the end goal was key to the success of this project. As future opportunities come up we certainly look forward to working with you again.”
Bruce Hooey, Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, Universal Music Canada Inc.