Project managers can help smooth a business transformation

Monday, March 24th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

There are many reasons why businesses might undergo a disruption. The most traumatic events often involve mergers, during which layoffs can occur and certain departments must be reorganized and combined. But businesses can also expect smaller disruptive changes, such as the rollout of major new projects.

In any of these cases, major or minor, success depends on the leadership of a competent project manager equipped with the right technological and people skills.

"Smooth execution translates into business agility, faster time to market, and other advantages, but business and technology managers can't pull off these business-changing initiatives simply through meetings, phone calls, and e-mail," read a recent article on Forbes. "They must have tools that are designed specifically for project management—applications and cloud services for capital planning, cost control, risk analysis, project tracking, and analytics."

As an example, the article focuses on the manufacturing sector. Despite years of decline, U.S. manufacturing is expected to experience something of a recovery in the coming years. Growth is projected to be 2.4 percent in 2014 and 4.1 percent in 2015. This growth is largely because skilled managers have managed to innovate, even when constrained by tight budgets.

The most pressing challenge that now faces manufacturing is its aging infrastructure, which must be replaced, despite the high cost.

New Leaf Project Management offers over 200 hours of training that provide plenty of low-cost ways to innovate and improve your bottom line, whatever your business challenges. In addition, our white papers and online QPM games provide an affordable way to earn PDU credits for PMP recertification.

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