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11 Examples of Project Controls

 , updated on May 09, 2017
Project controls are processes, systems, measurements and practices that are put in place to support project governance, program management, project management, risk management and compliance within the context of a project. Project controls may be managed by a specialized team of project controllers. Alternatively, they may be implemented by a program or project manager. The following are illustrative examples of project controls.

Financial Controls

Financial controls that are used to administer a project budget. For example, a system of approvals for vendor payments. This typically extends the financial controls of an organization to achieve project specific objectives such as influencing the vendor to complete work.

Budget Forecasts

Developing regular forecasts of project costs based on current conditions. Forecasts may include factors such as overtime and schedule slippage that commonly cause budget overrun.

Schedule

Developing project schedule forecasts and monitoring schedule issues.

Scope

Control of project scope with structures and processes such as a change control board.

Quality Assurance

Monitoring the quality of project processes and outputs.

Risk

Ongoing identification and analysis of project risks.

Health & Safety

Controls put in place to ensure the health & safety of the people on a project. For example, establishing a safety culture within the context of a project.

Document Control

Control of project documents such as a policy of checking all artifact versions into a knowledge management system.

Contracts

Contract management controls such as analysis of contract execution. For example, reporting vendor compliance to contract terms such as on time delivery.

Vendor Management

Vendor management controls such as reconciliation of invoices.

Vendor Side Project Control

A vendor who has a large number of resources on a project may assign a non-billable project controller to manage risks from the vendor perspective. This can include analysis of delivery quality, revenue, pricing, client credit, payment, client relationship management and risks of disputes with the client.
Overview: Project Controls
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Processes, practices, analysis, measurements and systems that are put in place to support project governance, program management and project management.
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