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6 Steps to Successful Project Management for Manufacturers

Manufacturing is all about project managing each step along the production process until you have a finished product. It’s important to have a clear picture of how everything comes together.
Step 1 – Define & Plan the project

You can either create a new project from scratch or start with a template for a similar project. Don’t forget to include information on expected hours, materials, planning constraints, billing-scheme and attachments. A Gantt chart is perfect for visualising your new project. Don’t forget to take in to account any constraints and dependencies, departmental capacity, material requirements, labour, milestones, invoicing and delivery dates.

Step 2 – Price Your Project

Now you know what’s needed for the project, you can work out what it will cost to complete. This will allow you to produce the quote. Don’t forget to add an up-lift margin to material and labour costs, or to the overall project cost.

Step 3 – Work assignment

Allocate project activities to departments, sub-departments, machines and people so you know who and what are busy and free to do work on other projects.

Step 4 – Material Management

Work out what materials are requirements for the project. Then determine which you have in stock and what need to be ordered.

Step 5 – Time Registration

Keep a record of how much time the project actually takes. Make sure what was done and how long it took is recorded so you know for the next project.

Step 6 – Project Invoicing

Work out a billing schedule for the project. Do you want down payments, a percentage of completion, milestone or time & materials? Keep a track of Budget v Actual costs plus Work-in-Process to keep track of any cost changes to the project.

The Solution

For over a decade Ochiba Business Solutions have been creating business management solutions for our customers with the world’s leading ERP software, SAP Business One. We believe that the combination of SAP Business One and IA ProjectPlus will keep you one step ahead of the 6 steps to Successful Project Management.

AI ProjectPlus has been specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of project driven companies who operate a combination of trade, service and projects.

Find out more about how SAP Business One and AI ProjectPlus can help you at www.businessoneexperts.co.uk.

Tel: 0114 299 9430

Email: info@ochiba.co.uk

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