Project management is the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables), undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies.
Project management plays a big role in the interior design industry. More than the concept and ideas, project management is actually implementing the concept and the ideas on time and within budget. Planning and organizing are key elements to a great project. And success depends heavily on the skillful navigation of an interior design project. Such skills include…
Effective communication – People management – Time management – Negotiation – Organization – Efficient decision making – Professionalism
These are just a few of the hats required for an interior design professional and fortunately we’re pretty good at what we do resulting in several successful completed interior design projects. A few of our clients disagree at first, challenging the need of PM while convincing themselves they can [successfully] handle managing their projects. This idea is soon short lived, however, until the full details of the project scope is realized.
Bottom line, project management is a service that is critical to a successful design project that requires an acquired set of skills, expertise and knowledge.
Design Magnifique has a great project management team that has experience in PM. Maintaining proper communication with contractors, vendors and handling any foreseeable problems that will arise is only a small portion of what we do. Regular site visits to ensure the project is installed according to plan is another part of the PM process that saves you time and an over-abundance of anxiety of seeing your property in disarray.
I know that most of interior designers will agree with me on that!
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