Managing the project scope on automation projects require the proper management of all the relevant aspects. This is the only way through which is client will be able to get the result in the expected prices. Moreover, the integrator will be able to complete a project within the specified resources for the expected results. There is a famous saying that the best contracts are made between those two parties that do not trust each other. The reason is, when people have a relationship with each other, they tend to create a contract with vague terms and conditions as the trust each other. However, there is a need to specify each point for expected results. Almost all projects are evaluated on three major points that include the following:
- Cost: The project should be completed within the specified cost
- Schedule: The project should be finished within defined limits.
- Capabilities: The project should deliver the promised results.
Certain steps should be followed to create a successful project:
Step 1: Define a scope:
The first and the most important step is determining the scope of a project. If it is a complex one, defining scope will become more crucial. In this way, the team will be able to work efficiently even in the state of confusions. As the goals will be defined, it will be easier to focus on the ways of achieving them. An effective scope should cover the following points:
- The goals and objectives of the project.
- The ways that will be used for achievement.
- The expected completion time.
- The expectations from the integrator.
Step 2: Automation vision creation:
The next step is to create an automation vision of a project. This vision will clearly explain the future of a plan let’s say, maybe in the next ten years. This is an excellent way to provide a focus and a goal to a project. Moreover, the vision can focus on a whole project or a single plant as well. It will also be helpful in determining the issues and problems of the near future.
Step 3: Proper collaboration:
When it comes to automation projects, it is essential that an integrator should work with the client as a team. Everyone on the team must know about the ways things work. The integrator must avoid using ways that are not familiar with the other team members. For the success of a project, it is essential that people know how to work with the new equipment.
In the case of any problems within the project, it is the duty of both parties to work efficiently with each other for the solution. Moreover, both parties should work to keep those problems from rising. The best project can only result in a bond of trust between the integrator and client.