Project management at MRIGlobal encompasses processes to provide clear and thorough communications with clients, perform balanced responses to cost and schedule demands, and deliver exceptional products and services. Our proven methods and skills are the result of more than 65 years of success and continuous improvements. Over the past three years, MRIGlobal has applied these tools to successfully manage more than $1.1 billion of client services for research and development, management, and operations. MRIGlobal currently employs over 20 PMP certified staff, with additional staff obtaining certification each year.
Structured project management disciplines at MRIGlobal encompass all tasks required to initiate, plan, execute, control, and close projects. The specific steps include: defining key stakeholders, project scope, and a work breakdown structure (WBS); assigning and loading resources to scheduled tasks; and managing changes to scope, costs, and schedules. Particular outputs include the project execution plan, (integrated) master schedule or IMS, WBS, staffing plan, risk management plan, and earned value measurements.
MRIGlobal lays the groundwork for successful projects by developing an initial WBS for every proposed project assignment. Upon award of new contract work, the project manager and principal investigator will apply the client-accepted proposal and associated statement of work to create the project execution plan. Generally this plan includes an expanded WBS; detailed resource-loaded master schedule; definitions of all milestones and deliverables; description of steps to execute each scope element; a review of risks; and the methods to manage safety, security, and quality outcomes. Whenever changes affect project-staffing assignments, the project manager re-negotiates staff commitments to ensure the work is completed as defined.
MRIGlobal uses clear objectives, milestones, and specific deliverables to govern project management. The client, the project team and other critical stakeholders agree on measurable performance parameters. We maintain the successful client relationship by clearly translating requirements into objectives, engaging client approval of original and updated plans, and accurately reporting progress.
Our project management is a powerful assurance that work will be completed on-time and on-budget. Complex work with challenging goals and aggressive targets can increase the risk for delays and cost overruns. To mitigate this risk, we regularly communicate with project team members–including subcontractors and client contacts. During project meetings, we review the financial status and earned value metrics as forms of leading indicators. We initiate preventative and corrective actions by early detection of deviations between progress and targets and by control gate decisions between project phases.
Risk management steps encompass several components, and the approach applied will be proportional to the complexity of assignments. Risk subjects may include technology challenges, schedule and cost demands, systems engineering, Earned Value Management, logistics, quality, and safety. We understand and reduce risks to acceptable levels of probability and of impact by using technology tradeoff analyses and mitigation steps.
MRIGlobal prepares periodic reports to communicate the status of work performed, associated costs, significant accomplishments, and measures taken to eliminate obstacles that influence technical, schedule, and cost performance. Accurate and thorough reports will clearly indicate progress toward contract deliverables and avoid unexpected conditions.