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Project Management or Project Controls?

Project Management or Project Controls?

Project Management or Project Controls?

The overlap in function between Project Management and Controls may at times make it difficult to differentiate between them. In fact, some organisations assign the role of a Project Controller to the Project Manager, assuming that Project Management experience and knowledge is sufficient to implement and maintain a controls system. Usually, such approach results in poorly maintained system that produces unreliable data.


Project Management

Project management is the process of leading the work of a team to achieve goals and meet success criteria at a specified time. As a holistic function, Project Managers divide their time between managing people, processes and deliverables while aiming to maintain the right focus on quality, scope, time and cost. The primary challenge of Project Management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints.


Project Controls:

Hierarchically, Project Controls nest under Project Management. As a sub-function, they focus on two parameters of the project – time and cost. The main objective of the function is to provide analysis of the existing data and possible scenarios to enable early decision making. Project Managers will use the information provided by Project Controls to navigate the Project, aiming to avoid delays and overspending.

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Radek Makar

Planning Director | ViViAD


We are a London based, independent construction consultancy specialising in Project Services with Dispute Resolution Reachback. We act as interim managers but are open to longer commissions.

Our offer includes Planning Management, Commercial Management, Risk Management, Claims Management, Dispute Services, NEC Advice and Training.