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Examples of Typical Project Management Engagements

This section describes some typical projects that we have been involved with in the past. The examples include the background, what was done to assist the project and the results.

Examples of Typical Project Engagements 

Company needed a quick project assembled, but had insufficient internal design personnel

Project Manager leaves company with three projects underway

Company in the Process of Creating Project Management Teams

Client needed to form a large team to meet a new R&D contract requirement

Company needed a quick project assembled, but had insufficient internal design personnel

Situation
Company needed a quick design, but had insufficient internal design personnel for all projects presently scheduled. Manager had no time to manage the project, wanted just the final results.

Tasks Performed
Contacted Potential Team Members, created a plan around required three available additional persons. Coordinated the project team to complete the plan as scheduled. Included timely and multiple Design Reviews and Status Reports for client contact.

Results
In spite of changing specifications, the project was completed satisfactorily and on schedule.


Project Manager leaves company with three projects underway

Situation
Project Manager leaves the project in the middle of coordinating three projects for a single customer. Project is behind schedule and customer must meet critical schedule commitments for a show. Most of the original team members left the company, leaving the project with a new, unproved team to complete the work on a tight schedule.

Tasks Performed
Responsible for forming the team, creating tasks for work breakdown structure, and realistic schedules. Held Weekly Status meeting with customer to track progress. Held critical design reviews on circuit problem areas. Worked with company to provide incentives to employees to put in extra efforts to complete tight schedule on time.

Results
Completed the project to customer requirements, while keeping project on schedule and within a controlled budget.


Company in the Process of Creating Project Management Teams

Situation
The company had a very young management team in the engineering department. It was, up to that time, basically a single product company. It was embarking on a plan to expand and create various project management teams to develop multiple products at the same time, with a rapidly ramping up engineering and software group.

Tasks Performed
Coached the project manager to assist him in setting up the basics of getting a more formal project management process up and running. Also introduced formal methods of gathering status from the large number of team members.

Results
Several of the PM ideas were implemented and successfully began the process of getting formal Project Management underway.


Client needed to form a large team to meet a new R&D contract requirement

Situation
Client had just gotten a large R&D contract that required the assembling of a team much larger than the in-house staff to complete a total electro-mechanical design quickly. The contract required the design of a complete system prototype, followed by 16 system level units and a complete communications and control system for the larger system.

Tasks Performed
Refined the System, Electronic and Software specs. The design required the use of electronic firmware and hardware engineers, software engineers, mechanical design engineers, thermal engineers, mechanical layout engineers, parts purchasing, system assembly, debug and test of the first article. Assembled the complete team, generated a project plan and acted as project manager to complete the first article.

Results
A system prototype shipped to the customer in record time. Later the client shipped the balance of the systems to the customer.




Angotti Product Development
Project Management, Systems and Circuit Design Services for Electronic Product Development