You’ve finally done it – you’ve decided to take the plunge and build your ocean front dream home! And you’ve found a great general contractor (GC) to help you through the process. Your GC comes highly recommended and has the expertise to build the perfect home based on your timeline and budget. But there’s just one kicker: The GC is based solely in the Midwest.
Your GC might build great houses in the Midwest, but would you trust them to know enough about building on stilts buried in the sand? You’d probably want someone who had constructed homes on the beach before and was familiar with your local area.
The Oracle Project Manager (PM) is like a local general contractor – someone who’s experienced with the particularities of an Oracle environment. With an Oracle PM, you are getting that additional expertise to better know the specifics of implementing Oracle software, something that another PM from “out of the area” probably won’t know.
When planning your next Oracle project, consider the value an experienced Oracle PM can offer. Sure, a good general PM can help keep any project on schedule, on budget, and within scope but consider what additional benefits an Oracle PM provides.
Sometimes an Oracle PM role, or any PM role for that matter, can be perceived as non – essential “overhead” by project executive sponsors. They want to find alternative options in an at tempt to keep costs down. Some of those alternatives include trying to go without a PM completely, appointing an internal PM , or possibly asking a project lead to take on the additional tasks.
Each of these options can add significant risk to a project. Going without a project manager is a recipe for failure when there is no one responsible to monitor progress. How do you know you are meeting the objectives? Will you complete on time and stay within the allocated budget? When will you know if there is a problem? Assigning someone internally can help answer these questions, but does he/she have the skillset and desire to fulfill the role? Asking a team lead to take on the tasks in a part -time capacity sounds good in theory, but what if that person doesn’t have the discipline to dedicate the time or gets consumed by their own day job? You may not even know that you are in trouble until it’s too late to recover. A PM is a professional who manages projects for a living and can offer structure, coordination, and organization that every project needs.
Sure, some projects are small, and you can argue that a full – time PM is not needed. But even then there should be someone handling project management tasks. Just think of how much time and money is wasted if team members are working on the wrong things or someone isn’t informed about that key piece of information that would have saved hours or even days’ worth of work. For these small projects, a part -time project manager can help out. Many times, the PM doesn’t need to be at the project site and can support you remotely, possibly even during off hours for critical project milestones. That saves travel expenses and still gets the job done.
For larger projects, a full -time dedicated PM is essential. Below are some benefits a dedicated PM can provide:
 Your onsite watchdog for controlling scope, schedule, budget
 The one person you can call to quickly assess how your project is going
 Helps you sort through internal disagreements by providing an unbiased viewpoint
 Sees things that you can’t, and offers lessons learned from similar projects
 Helps drive productivity of team members, ensuring everyone knows what needs to get done and when
 Frees up your staff so they can focus on making sure business objectives are being achieved in the project versus getting buried in the day-to-day operations
If you weren’t already on board with the value of a PM, hopefully you are starting to see it now. Taking it one step further, for your Oracle project, an Oracle PM can offer the following ADDITIONAL benefits:
 Understand nuances of Oracle software and the company culture –your PM can help you get through common pitfalls quickly
 Provide insights on features and functionality not being utilized
 Identify “gotchas” from prior Oracle projects
 Tap into their Oracle network to get to knowledgeable people faster than a non-Oracle PM

If you are planning your next Oracle Projector are just getting started, think twice about being skimpy on a PM.At the very least, get an experienced PM who has managed software implementations. But if you want to dramatically increase your chances of success, seriously think about getting a good Oracle PM who will likely pay for their services many times over.