The role of project control systems in facilitating and measuring project success

Measuring project success can occur at several different levels. Perhaps the most significant is whether the completed project achieves the intended results. Accomplishing these results can be quite different than achieving project performance as measured by schedule, budget and quality. In fact, since our project controls systems are usually better-attuned to measuring performance than results, the controls systems themselves can get in the way of project success.Properly designed and implemented project controls must focus on both project results and performance to give a realistic preview of success. Controls systems must be robust in providing quality information to project management for all project purposes. Unfortunately, the design of our project controls systems is often under considered when processes are established.A major focus of this paper is on recognizing and avoiding common mistakes made in the implementation of project controls. These mistakes often prevent the controls systems from accompl
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