Systems Integration, including Project Central Deployment
Collins Woerman, a Bellevue-based architecture and engineering firm, manages
approximately 300 projects per year and is working on as many as 100 projects at any one
time. Managing 90 architects, CAD engineers, office administrators, and principals across
100 projects requires a coordinated effort and a system that would integrate into their
daily business process. Prior to bringing in Bluewater, Collins
Woerman relied upon manual systems to manage time and resources for their projects,
and was not able to forecast resource
utilization more than about 2 weeks ahead. Collins Woerman principals desired greater
look-ahead capability and a more integrated approach to managing projects and resources.
Bluewater trainers, planners and IT personnel met with Collins
Woerman principals to analyze their current scheduling and planning processes
and resource assignments. After several interviews across the functional
groups, Bluewater worked to prepare Microsoft
Project templates based on the different types of jobs done in the organization.
Bluewater then made these templates available to all
team project managers, created an organization-wide resource pool, and connected
all of the projects to the resource pool. Bluewater
trainers, working with the template builders, developed a custom training
curriculum for Collins Woerman's project managers and delivered training sessions on-site.
Using Microsoft Project 2000's resource pooling and custom template development,
Collins Woerman are able to see resource allocation issues out into the future,
as far as they are willing to plan, and make staffing decisions based on contracted jobs
and play "what-ifs" with resourcing on potential jobs. This helps them to make some smarter
decisions about which jobs to bid and which jobs to let go, maximizing their resource
utilization without getting in over their heads. For Collins Woerman,
Bluewater's Project 2000 implementation fits the bill perfectly.
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