Have you ever sat down at your desk, feeling inspired, and started the initial phases of a new project? There’s a certain excitement in the air, a thrum in your fingertips. It can be motivating to check off those first few line items as you begin this endeavor.
As many of us know, that initial momentum only lasts so long. Projects that began with great intentions are often abandoned after a couple of phases. This is why project management is important to any business owner. In the FF&E space especially, project management is critical to quality control, clarifying responsibilities, and aligning strategic plans.
If you’re ready to improve your supply chain efficiency, amplify your operations, and increase your overall productivity, it’s time to invest in some project management initiatives.
What Is Project Management?
Most business owners have at least a vague understanding of the role of a project manager. Yet many don’t have a firm grasp on the responsibilities a project manager holds.
Project management is about initiating, planning, executing, managing, and controlling a specific project to achieve a defined goal. A project manager follows this initiative through to the completion of the goal, ensuring things go smoothly along the way.
Typically, when a project begins, there’s a time constraint or a deadline. This can make it difficult to complete the requisite tasks in time—and that’s why project management is so crucial. A project manager is there to steer team members and stakeholders toward success, helping in any way possible.
General Management versus Project Management
There is indeed a difference between general management and project management. A general manager is usually focused on the daily operations of a business. A project manager is concerned with time-constrained, temporary initiatives and projects. The two assist each other, but they are distinctly different. And they must be for long-term success.
What Does a Project Manager Do?
Before beginning a project, the project manager will assemble and communicate with the team, drive the strategic planning process, and facilitate communication between different teams. This compiles the people and resources needed to move forward.
During the project itself, the manager will ensure all operations are executed. Is everyone accomplishing their assigned tasks? If not, are more resources needed to do so effectively? It can be a stressful job, but it’s so essential to accomplishing the overall goal.
FF&E Project Management Process Overview
FF&E stands for furniture, fixtures, and equipment. Business owners overseeing FF&E-specific projects can greatly benefit from a solid project manager and project management strategy. There are lots of moving components when it comes to delegating tasks in this area, which is why having a team dedicated to keeping things running smoothly matters.
When planning a logistics-related project, most experts will agree: you can’t do it all yourself. Even if you consider yourself a certified DIYer, managing a logistical project for your business isn’t the time to attempt that. You’ll want to lean on someone who’s an expert in this field and who can help guide you through the process from start to finish.
That process typically involves the following steps:
- Initiation: Before you get the ball rolling, you need to concentrate your efforts on transitioning your abstract idea into a concrete goal. While your initial thought about the project likely leads to solving an important problem, you shouldn’t begin planning without said goal in mind. The initiation phase is all about defining the project and the goals attached to it.
- Project planning: Now that you know your goal, it’s time to lay the groundwork. Your project plan is about strategy—and the most effective strategies are thorough ones. A great project manager will ensure your project plan is detailed and clear.
- Execution: The execution phase is when your team actually does the work. Project managers will verify that efficient workflows are established to complete tasks productively.
- Monitoring and controlling: During this phase, the project manager will closely monitor all tasks and activities. This is to confirm things are going according to plan—and if anything comes up—they can pivot appropriately.
- Closing: The final stage of the project involves preparing the project for delivery and seeing it through to the finish line.
This brief overview gives you an idea of how a project manager might break down an initiative to accomplish a goal.
Amplify Your Project Management Efforts with Mesa Logistics
The importance of project management cannot be overstated. For any business to be successful, you must have the capacity to carry out projects effectively and on time. With solid project management, you will be able to scale your operations to their full potential.
Mesa Logistics specializes in FF&E logistical management—including project management. We help you improve your supply chain efficiency, clarify your goals, and improve your productivity with industry-savvy project management services.
If you’re ready to get started or want to learn more about our offerings, contact us today.