6. Why not just hire your own project management staff?

That may be the right decision, depending on a company's circumstances. Some companies find it difficult to recruit, train, hire and retain good project managers, and prefer to bring in external experts like IPMS on an "as needed" basis, who are highly skilled and ready to hit the ground running.

7. What if we already have project managers on staff?

IPMS often augments internal project management groups when there are too many projects for the team to handle, there is a staff vacancy, or in-house personnel lack specific project experience. Clients have reported they've improved their own skills by working with external professionals who offer best practices gleaned from a variety of projects and organizations.

8. We need project management help, but won't it disrupt our operations?

IPMS professionals blend into organizations with minimum disruption, becoming teammates, while bringing the project management skills needed to meet client goals.

9. Is using IPMS more expensive than tapping my internal staff?

Our clients indicate that they consistently realize a significant return on their investment. One client reported a 400% return on every Rand invested in IPMS services, resulting from earlier product launch and operating cost savings.

IPMS suggests that professional project management fees be viewed in relation to the ultimate value of its contribution to the bottom line - such as bringing a new product to market faster; optimizing processes to drive lower costs or improve productivity; or salvaging a strategic business alliance.

10. Can IPMS quantify the value of project management for its clients?

Yes. IPMS proactively documents its value creation on several levels for each client, for example:

- Financial measures, such as return on capital deployed, revenues and cost savings
- Project/process measures, such as budget conformance, schedule performance, resource utilization, time to market, meeting technical/quality specifications
- Customer measures, such as customer satisfaction, customer retention, customer acquisition, market share

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