Clarion calls for greater focus on project management

Pat Millar, Managing Director, Clarion Consulting

Pat Millar, Managing Director, Clarion Consulting

With business confidence continuing to fall, consultancy firm, Clarion Consulting has called on Irish organisations to increase their focus on project management for survival.

“We believe that by investing in project management, organisations can deliver real business transformation, designed to maximise revenue opportunities, increase bottom line and protect jobs,” says Pat Millar, managing director with Clarion Consulting.

The company believes that business recovery can be accelerated through increased investment in the discipline citing it as a critical tool in addressing the new economic realities of reduced spending, limited credit availability, job losses and weakened consumer sentiment.

“Activities such as introducing new products or services, deploying IT infrastructure or re-engineering internal business processes to boost productivity and reduce costs are critical in the current climate,” according to Millar.  “Organisations, public or private, simply can’t afford to run the risk of budget overruns, missed deadlines or failure to deliver on project objectives,” he adds.

Recent research conducted by Clarion Consulting reveals a marked decrease in the number of organisations using project management to drive business strategy, down from 29 per cent in 2009 to just eight per cent in 2011.  But Millar points to a significant increase in the number of smaller project teams.

In 2009, one fifth of organisations said their project teams consisted of between one and six members.  By the end of 2011, this figure had grown to 44 per cent.  Establishing smaller, agile project teams allows for quicker market agility, a welcome development according to Millar.

And while embedding a solid commitment to developing project management capability is important, so too is the need to support the discipline with well qualified, highly experienced practitioners.

“We’ve seen a strong surge in demand for project management personnel with high levels of qualifications and relevant industry experience,” comments Turlach McAlister, resourcing services manager with Clarion Resourcing, also part of the Clarion group of companies.  “Many employers are opting for contract resources, using these candidates to enhance in-house skills and expand team expertise.

“Agencies such as Clarion Resourcing, who have expertise in the project management sector are experiencing strong levels of business growth, reflecting a willingness by organisations to continue investment in the discipline,” he adds.

On December 10, 2012, posted in: News by


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