The purpose of Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) is to ensure that the project progresses as per the planned activities. Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) helps in developing the understanding on the project progress that help in taking the appropriate actions in order to control the deviation from plans.
Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) process area is available at CMMI Maturity Level 2 under the Project Management category.
How to implement Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) as per CMMI:
Steps for implementing Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) in projects are as follows:
- Monitor Project Planning Parameters. Project Monitoring and Control involves the monitoring of the project parameters like schedule, timeline, effort, costing, defects etc. Project Managers are responsible for tracking these metrics for the project.
- 2. Monitor Commitments. Project Managers also track commitments of different stakeholders in the projects. These stakeholders include team members, management, peers, third party vendors and client. Commitment may involve completing a coding unit, testing, providing some data/information, reviews etc.
- Monitor Project Risks. Project Managers also keep track of the risks involved with project. There can be risks for different kinds in a project including process, people (internal, client, vendor), tools, technology. For more information refer Risk Management as per CMMI.
- Monitor Data Management. Project Manager or the assigned Configuration Controller in the project keeps track of all configuration items including software, hardware and documentation of the project. Generally SVN or VSS is used for managing the configuration management of software and documentation. For other items manual inventory is updated. For more information refer Configuration Management as per CMMI.
- Monitor Stakeholder Involvement. Project Managers keep track of involvement of different stakeholders involved with the project including team members, peers, management, third part vendors and client. This is done using different types of meetings, status reporting, etc.
- Conduct Progress Reviews. Project Managers conduct project progress reviews using different techniques including work progress from team members, client meeting, meeting with management, third party vendor’s involvement, milestones reviews. Based on these activities, different status reports are prepared shared with stakeholders.
- 7. Manage Corrective Action to Closure. Based on the project progress, sometimes it is required to take corrective actions to control the project progress as per the project plans. Project Managers then track these corrective actions till the progress is under control or the project closure.
Source: CMMI-DEV Model, CMMI Institute.
Interpretation by the author.
Benefits of Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) in the projects
Project Monitoring and Control (PMC) when conducted in the projects has following benefits:
- Provide insight into the project progress
- Helps in the better control of the project
- Helps in better co-ordination between team members using different techniques like team meetings, status reporting
- Helps in monitoring commitment of different stakeholders
- Helps in managing the data of the project
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Training covers best practices to be followed for each phase of the project management. Training is delivered through highly qualified and experienced CMMI Authorised Trainer and CMMI Consultants.
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