Project Management for Die, Model and Mold Manufacturing
Cheops Pyramid or Gotthard Tunnel: Why Project Management Is So Important
Even the construction of the Cheops Pyramid over 4500 years ago required objectives, planning and organization. And the fact that the major project of the Gotthard Tunnel was completed on time and within the bounds of projected costs in June of 2016 is neither a matter of chance or a wonder, but rather the result of a successfully managed project. Now, you might be thinking, "I have nothing to do with major projects; that doesn't come into question for us." Unfortunately project management in small and medium-sized companies is still underestimated and often scoffed at. "Someone else will take care of it," is the motto in this case. But far from it, the need for project management does not depend on project size. It always pays off if a task has a clearly defined time frame and budget, and multiple production factors, as well as interdependent subprocesses, are required.
Project management is currently becoming more important, especially for small and medium-sized companies. This is driven by dynamic, globalized markets, shorter innovation cycles and increasing customer requirements. Good project management helps companies complete projects within the agreed conditions regarding deadline, costs, quality and scope. Successfully completed projects ensure the performance and professional level of the supplier. Project management, therefore, brings with it a clear competitive advantage in the acquisition of new orders.
Why introduce project management?
In hundreds of consulting projects in these industry sectors, the Tebis Consulting personnel have repeatedly seen that customers are confronted with weaknesses and problems in defining objectives, planning, implementing and controlling projects. Resource and capacity planning is too inexact. Customers have requests for changes, and unscheduled additional expenditures. Conflicts are inevitable. Project costs run out of control, supplier management is suboptimal and the flow of information is unclear. Result: Project efficiency suffers and personnel lose motivation. This need not be the case. An inefficiently implemented order is namely no more up to the fates than the on-time opening of the Gotthard Tunnel was. Professional project management helps in processing orders well. It's a matter of methodology, knowledge and professional tools. Also very important: The knowledge and methods of project management are also relevant for small and medium-sized companies. The Tebis Consulting staff helps the small and medium-sized companies in die, model and mold manufacturing lay an appropriate foundation, and provides the required tools and structures for professional project management. The basis for this task is the project management methodology developed specifically by Tebis, as well as the comprehensive, industry-specific project management experience of Tebis personnel. Individual and sustainable solutions are achieved together based on internal project experience in the company, and in accordance with the specific customer projects.
How does Tebis Consulting work?
The work of Tebis Consulting is divided into two blocks: 1) Tebis Consulting offers project management consulting and implementation. 2) Upon the customer's request, Tebis Consulting personnel can also assume responsibility for project management and support internal project implementation.
Specifically, project management consulting and implementation involves first checking the quality of the usual project work in the company, identifying weaknesses in the existing project process and providing an analysis of the current situation and of a target concept. Project management in the company is then optimized or introduced for the first time. Customized templates and individual procedures are developed and rolled out company-wide. As project management develops increasingly more dimensions, and becomes more than just a collection of methods, tools and concepts, Tebis Consulting places more and more value on a corresponding project culture in the company. Humans who have to intervene in the process are always affected. Training of team members, personal coaching and supporting the project manager are therefore also on the list of offerings from Tebis.
Every customer project requires a clear procedure that is also clearly understandable for all participants, and must be implemented under the given conditions and requirements. This, in turn, requires the optimal use of resources (budget, capacity, and time). Results from completed customer projects should be accounted for in further projects. In other words, every project benefits from good project management. Also, according to engineer and construction project manager Rainer Schofer, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg was not completed on time due to inadequate project management. This doesn't have to happen.
Benefits of project management:
- Efficient projects
- Controlled and monitored project processing
- Early detection and countering of project risks, additional expenditures and problems
- Realistic planning of resources and capacities
- Reduced potential for internal and external (customer) conflicts
- Project transparency across departments
- Improved flow of information