Working in project services, I’m often asked by those outside the IT space exactly what it is I ‘do’. Coming from a recruitment background, it was much easier to explain to explain what it was I did, even if there were a few preconceived ideas about the industry in general (ok…some of them are correct!).

‘Project services’ is one of those terms that can be very open ended. For my clients in the IT space however it’s a game changer, and given our current circumstances where businesses are under pressure to cut costs often for their very survival, it’s one that I believe more organisations will look at as a way of delivering projects in a much more cost-effective fashion.

Project services 101

Outsourcing projects isn’t a new theory – businesses have been doing it for decades. In our space however it’s very industry dependent, something that I think will change over the next period.

Given that I run PPS’ IT business, project services is core to our approach. For our business, project services allow us to take on an IT project in its entirety, as opposed to simply dropping a body into a role for a set fee. It means we provide an entire range of services in sourcing resources for an entire project. For example, we can actually hire and pay the resources delivering the project for our client and they simply have the work done in the timeframe required without all the additional headaches of running the project themselves.

As the resources we work with are often very specialised and required for a set period of time, it’s a model that our clients love. Finding specific talent for a project, say for an organisation running an Agile model, can be both time consuming and ultimately unsuccessful. There’s plenty of demand for good quality people and having to hire them in for one set project, for a set period of time, can be a logistical nightmare. Taking a project services approach removes that frustration, as we utilise our networks and consulting capability to find and deliver the right capabilities when you need them.

It’s valuable in the ‘new norm’

In the end, delivery on any project is important but that’s being put to the test through the current environment we work in. While we are moving towards a more normal state of affairs, this ‘new norm’ suits a project services model even more than before.

Being able to outsource the resourcing of an entire project, for example a CRM implementation, has some obvious cost benefits but also provides a great amount of flexibility. Bringing in resources is expensive and finding them is difficult.

It also has some huge time-saving benefits. The reality is that we are better placed than most at finding the resources you need: We run multiple projects at any one time and have a bank of consultants to call upon. One client I recently worked with had spent months in an ultimately fruitless search trying to find a project lead with very specific qualifications/skill sets. When they turned to PPS for help, we found the resource for their project in under 48 hours. A project services approach gives you a faster route to delivering and implementing your project, with fewer delays.

What does a good project look like?

The answer is: Whatever works for you! In our IT business, most of our clients have a tech stack they’re working on and we seamlessly clip into projects to help deliver various components of that stack. The key for us is discussing your requirements.

Keen to discuss how a project services approach to resourcing might work for you? We have experience across a range of verticals including IT, Telecommunications, and Civil. Keen to discuss your requirements; DM me here or email me at jay@projectprofessionalservices.com.au.