The benefits of disciplined project management have been proven by many years of practice in various industries, for different types of projects and team sizes. This article will cover some of the specific challenges facing project managers who run business-consulting projects.
There are many different types of consulting projects— engineering-centric, strategy-focused, human resource related, and so forth. This article concentrates on discussing business-consulting projects (when a consulting company is brought in to solve a specific business problem). A typical project has two important characteristics that drive additional challenges from the project management perspective:
1. Relatively short project duration (<6 months) 2. Highly variable scope/deliverables