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Técnicas de Auditoría para una Gestión Efectiva de Proyectos

Nov 27, 2018 11:00 AM EST (UTC-5)
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Según el reporte PMI Pulse of the Profession 2018, aproximadamente el 50% de los proyectos no llegan a cumplir con el presupuesto original ni con el tiempo establecido para su ejecución, monitoreo y cierre. Casi 47% de estos proyectos sufrieron corrupción de su alcance original, siendo considerados como un fracaso en su gestión integral. Son estadísticas que alertan a la disciplina de la dirección de proyectos a tomar acciones inmediatas para su mejora. La auditoría aporta un valor significativo en la gestión del ciclo de vida de un proyecto, desde sus fases de conceptualización y pre-factibilidad, hasta su transición a la operación y medición de generación de valor mediante la gestión de realización de sus beneficios. Dicha relevancia es evidenciada, al incluir a la auditoría como una herramienta y técnica en algunos de los 49 procesos descritos en el PMBOK. No obstante, en la actualidad no existe un estándar de auditoría claramente difundido y entendido en la comunidad de Dirección de Proyectos, que brinde lineamientos claves sobre que documentos y técnicas lúdicas pueden contribuir en la detección de anomalías en cualquier punto del proyecto y sobre cualquier área de conocimiento, y que permita establecer acciones correctivas/preventivas previo al fracaso. Como consecuencia, es de vital importancia transmitir a los directores de proyectos la necesidad de aprender nuevas herramientas analíticas de auditoría, que les permitan evaluar el desempeño general en la administración de un proyecto, con el propósito de garantizar el éxito en la consecución de sus objetivos alineados a los beneficios esperados por la organización ejecutora.

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Procurement in Project Management - What You Need to Know

by Diana L. Lindstrom
December 10, 2014 | 46:34 | Views: 1,390 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 4.28 / 5

All project managers have to buy something, either goods or services. When you have a procurement professional on your team, you can manage the procurement as a subproject. But when you have to do the procurement yourself, you need to know exactly what has to be done, and when.

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Save Time With Tools + Templates

Procurement Management Register

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by Stefan de Vries

This document can be used to manage procurements in your project. A procurement is the process of acquiring products or services from third parties. This process includes any preparations, the actual purchase and controlling the compliance with a contract or agreement.

Green Projects Procurement System

PREMIUM deliverable
by Stefano Pittaluga

This template and its instruction sheet is aimed at project managers of solar projects for managing the procurement system process. It allows you to create and manage different procurement process data (item types, supplier list, contacts by suppliers); to create an RFP, linking it to a restricted list of preferred suppliers; to send automatic email to selected suppliers belonging to a certain RFP; to create a standard form email; to calculate forecasted date of answer from supplier; and report overdue dates.

RFP Evaluation Worksheet

PREMIUM deliverable
by Andy Jordan

Could you use a little help during your procurement process? This template is intended to provide a framework for evaluating responses to an RFP (Request for Proposal) from different vendors.

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Support: The Lost Deliverable

by Niels De Weyer

Did you ever have to call a project team back because the project was delivered and support was not set up? Not setting up support can give a good project a bad name. Throughout the phases of a project, support should be defined, planned, and set up. Be well prepared by asking the basic questions outlined in this article.

Winning the Deal

by Soumya Maitra

Vendor management is a key activity in any project but literature often overlooks the vendor’s point of view. While there can’t be a “one-solution-fits-all” strategy to the challenging activities involved in making your pitch, the author, working with an IT service provider, shares his recipe for winning the client.

Outsourcing Contracts in Agile: Challenges and Solutions

by Anabik Datta

Long-term, fixed-bid contracting is a challenge in the agile world. The objective of this article is to review these challenges and derive a possible solution for contracting between outsourcing companies and client companies for agile projects.

Why Government IT Procurement is Broken

by Andy Jordan

Government procurement for major technology projects often goes wrong—and it’s really not surprising because the entire process is broken. What is it about these initiatives that causes more difficulties than other types of projects?

Common Pitfalls to Avoid During the Contracting Process

by Vivek Gondi

The success of a project depends on the processes that are followed, the people who execute them and the contractual terms and conditions. This subject is all the more relevant to companies who take up work with little background and experience. Understanding some of the common pitfalls that should be avoided by sellers is essential.

Infrastructure Improvements: Guidance on How to Be Successful

by Ronald Smith

Software infrastructure such as databases and core applications must be available 24/7 to support the business. As these infrastructure elements age, you should start planning when they will be updated or replaced. Take a look into three main areas of achieving this—making decisions, design success and selecting vendors.

Dealing with Claims in Construction

by Manavasi Ramesh

Claims arise in a project mainly due to lack of clarity in scope and specifications, ambiguities in contract clauses, interface scope with other projects, site conditions and time constraints. Here we discuss various scenarios and issues that can arise during project execution—along with possible solutions to address the issue of claims management in construction projects.

Topic Teasers Vol. 85: Figuring COST, Not Cost

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: We are in financial trouble. Even though my team carefully researches costs for new hardware and software with multiple vendors, somehow as time goes on the expenditures on each implementation always costs up to three or four times what we budgeted. Is it us?
A. You are being “taken” by sales people from your hardware vendors who are behaving like used car salesmen. They quote you a low price to get your management’s approval, but when it comes time to actually install you have to add on many necessary extras you really need that they never revealed.
B. It is probably you and your team if you are only figuring initial hardware costs in your project budget. The total cost of any new installation should be calculated both in immediate costs and in long-term costs over the life of the equipment, including non-tangible expenses. Only then can vendor offerings be fairly compared and evaluated.
C. Management should not expect project teams to be pricing hardware. This should be done exclusively by someone from the purchasing department. Your only role is to install whatever arrives on the dock. In this way, if the costs go up you and your team escape the blame.
D. Since recent costs for information technology (IT) items have quadrupled over the life of the equipment, you should multiply any future vendor contract pricing by four and alert accounting how much cash to have on hand in the immediate future. Always pick the lowest bid, as in today’s market all hardware is basically the same.
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Outsourcing: Too Good to Be True?

by Andy Jordan

Outsourcing vendors make lots of promises around the cost savings and productivity improvements they can deliver. Are the benefits really that good?


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