Project Management

There are simple things that an organization can do to strengthen its service offering, bolster its strategic position, and increase its level of investment-worthiness.  One of those things is Project Management, or PM.

PM can take many forms and can be extremely sophisticated if that's what your organization needs.  Most organizations, though, simply need a way of making sure that what needs to get done gets done, by the right person(s), by the right time.  For some organizations, assigning action items during meetings is all that is necessary.  For most organizations, though, managing what has been delegated is a crucial, yet missing, part of the organization's culture.

Ferrone Associates works with an organization's leaders to empower them to manage the technical assistance and consulting engagement in a way that role models how they can manage future projects when Ferrone Associates is no longer involved.  It's a simple approach to PM:

1.   Focus:  Understand and agree upon the scope of work to be done (and why it is being done, and what the results and outcomes should be). 

2.   Approach:  Discuss and agree how to best execute the project scope of work (including who will be involved, doing what, and following what timeline). 

3.   Communication:  Participate in regular communication with team members and the organization leaders, and provide consistent updates and milestone checks to ensure that the project is progressing along the right path (make adjustments as needed when new variables present themselves).

4.   Follow-Through:  As the project nears its completion, discuss and evaluate the results and outcomes to ensure that they are what was needed and expected. 

"John is not like most consultants in that he goes way beyond the concepts and reports... he is hands-on and the outcomes he has led us to achieve are very tangible.  And the best part is that we understand where he has helped us get to, and where we need to go next."   

Candy Kennedy, Executive Director, Nebraska Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

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Grant Writing for the NE Federation of Families

Mr. Ferrone wrote the response to an RFP issued by SAMHSA for statewide family services. The grant submission won, and the Nebraska Federation of Families was awarded a three year grant in the amount of $70,000 per year.

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