Picture this: it’s lunchtime and you’re starving, with a craving for a big, juicy burger. In the near vicinity there are three options—a fast food place, a grill that is known for great ribs (but serves burgers), and burger joint. You’re getting older (ahem) and want to limit your intake of greasy, yet delicious, food; however, if you’re going to splurge, you are going to do it right. All three of those places will serve you a burger, but the burger joint is your pick because they know burgers.
You shouldn’t settle for second best when it comes to your lunch, nor should you settle for anything less than the best when you pick the team to manage your public health solutions. Our project managers know the solutions and, most importantly, project management. All our project managers are required to have and retain a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. By requiring the PMP credential for project leaders, CDP makes a statement about our expectations for performance and service delivery.
Project management is not something just anyone can (or should) do. It is not something to do on the side or to balance with other tasks. It requires discipline and training. Project managers do more than report status, they are the people that juggle the moving parts of an implementation to be sure the pieces come together at the right time and in the right order. Our clients deserve the professionals who know project management. Just like you deserve someone who knows how to make burgers.
I was asked once what a project manager does and my response was, “yes.” Do we create and update work plans? Yes. Do we track tasks and make sure other stakeholders are getting things done? Yes. Do we get the best compliments and worst blame based on what is happening in a project? Yes. Do we have to jump in and help when needed? Yes.
But this is what we do. We focus on getting our solution implemented with minimal disruption. We have built an empire of tools, processes, techniques and standards that we know when and how to apply to situations. The most important thing about what we do, though, is adapt. We must be flexible because we know that what we do is adjustable based on the needs of our clients, the regulatory environment, the political climate, and even the weather (yes, the weather!).
There are many ways to reach a desired result, but having a specially trained partner will make the experience so much better. Just about anyone can make you a burger, but we know how to customize the best burger for you—whether it is beef, veggie patty, or turkey. And we make it delicious.
We sell more than services—we sell the trust that only an experienced, qualified team, led by the best in the business, can provide.
About the Author
Amy Duncan, MSW, PMP
Director, Project Management Office
Army wife, burger enthusiast, and project management guru.