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Text Box: Goals & Project Definition
The goals may seem obvious to top management, but most people in the organization do not know what the goals are and why these goals are set.  In contrary, many times top management does not know the true scope and amount of work that will be required to reach these goals.  Benchmark works with management to define the goals and the real scope of the program so that everyone can get a clear picture of what will need to happen and how (or if) the goals can be achieved.  Most Program implementations are broken and fail from skimming over this first step.
The project goals must be clearly defined and documented from the outset.  In all businesses, the project goals are directly related to financial benefits (ROI).  The only reason to perform a project is to have a net positive financial effect on the business.
 
Concept Development
A good conceptual design can lead to an effective solution for attaining your goals, while poor conceptual direction can lead to an undirected project that falters and incurs additional unnecessary costs.  Benchmark can take your dream and turn it into an achievable concept and put reality into prospective.  This can be in the form of a new building or facility, a master plan, a new process, an expansion, or rearrangement of existing equipment.  We take your vision and add engineering, construction, logistics, economics and practicality to make it happen.
 
Target CPM Scheduling
All projects have goals and milestones which are actually the targets for the project.  Just as any other target, these are fixed and cannot change.  If they keep changing, then you do not have anything to shoot at.  These targets are based on the planning and financial goals of the project.  If they change or are missed, there will be a negative financial effect.  There are only 3 ways to gauge the target: 1)ahead of schedule, 2)on schedule, or 3)behind schedule.  The target dates on the schedule never change.
 
Budget Development
Everyone knows that budgets have the most control over programs, yet the initial budget is usually set with very little knowledge of what it will take to accomplish the Program's Goals.  Benchmark brakes down the scope, scale and locations of program implementation and sets realistic parameters and contingencies to ensure the initial budget is practical for the Program Goals & Scope.  Program Funding approval gives life to the Program.  Benchmark, through its program development, ensures that CEO's & top management have all the information and correct paperwork to make quick and educated decisions on funding of Capital Programs.
 
Implementation Strategy
All aspects of the Program need to be communicated and coordinated with every area (Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Operations, Finance & Administration) to ensure everyone knows the goals, importance, schedule, and the participation expected by each area.  True cooperation for implementation comes from efficient communication.  
When the program moves out to operations, a careful strategy of selection of the pilot location, modification procedures, and roll-out locations needs to be implemented to ensure the Program's success and "buy-in" from the rest of the organization.  A defined and formatted reporting system is imperative to success of the Program.  Status reporting throughout the life of the Program needs to be easily understood and comparable for progress measurements. 
Text Box: Our years of experience serve to guide clients through the critical front-end phases of a project.  Proper planning, scoping, scheduling, and budgeting will lead to a successful project that accomplishes your goals.  This preparation allows you to maintain control throughout the duration of the project.  The project goals must be clearly defined and documented from the outset.  In all businesses, the project goals are directly related to financial benefits (ROI).  The only reason to perform a project is to have a net positive financial effect on the business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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