The Importance of Control
According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge or PMBOK, project controls are, “the process of tracking, reviewing, and regulating the process to meet the performance objectives defined in the project management plan." That statement can mean implementing many different controls to reach your project goal.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a project as, “an undertaking requiring concerted effort." That undertaking and effort explain the need for project control. Even if you are a certified project manager, how do you choose the right project controls? Should you use control charts, Pareto or fishbone charts? How do you ensure the project plan is being followed and what about setting up a change control process? Do you need all these project controls?
If you’re head is spinning right now, think of where you’ll be if you fail to implement any project controls. In my opinion, controls should be set based on the size and depth of the project goal. The importance and need for project control can be measured by the project plan. If your project entails building a large structure, you’ll need many controls. On the other hand, if your project is to redesign an advertising campaign, you may not require the same amount of controls. If a project is measuring a process to in order to correct it, you need to be able to implement controls that show fluctuation, defects, and risks.