How Project Controls Help the Projects

By Contributing Writer Bhavinbhai Lakhani

Published on May 21, 2024

What are Project Controls?

Project controls are the procedures, equipment, and methods used to design, oversee, and manage projects successfully. This article will define project controls and explain how to utilize them to manage risk, keep within the project budget and scope, and complete the task on schedule. These controls play a critical role in guaranteeing that projects remain on track concerning money, schedule, quality, and other important aspects. Here are a few essential project control elements:

  1. Planning: This includes establishing goals, outlining the project’s parameters, calculating resources, and putting together a timeline and budget.
  2. Scheduling: Create a timeline that details the steps, dates, and milestones needed to finish the project on schedule.
  3. Cost Management: Keeping an eye on and managing project costs to ensure the project stays within budget. Expense analysis, expense tracking, and budget estimation are all Part of this.
  4. Risk Management: Recognizing possible risks that might affect the project’s outcome and creating plans to address or mitigate them.
  5. Performance Monitoring and Reporting: Monitoring project progress, assessing performance about objectives, and providing regular updates to stakeholders.
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How to implement them in Project Management?

Implementing project controls in project management involves a systematic approach to planning, executing, and monitoring project activities to ensure successful outcomes. Here’s how you can implement each component:


  • Define the project scope clearly, outlining project deliverables. Ensure alignment with project objectives and stakeholder expectations.
  • Break down the project scope into manageable tasks using a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Assign responsibilities and establish dependencies between tasks.
  • Develop a project management plan that includes scope management, schedule management, cost management, risk management, communication plan, and other relevant
  • Engage stakeholders early in the planning process to gather input, validate assumptions, and ensure buy-in.


  • Translate the project plan and WBS into a detailed project schedule using project management software or tools like Gantt charts.
  • Sequence tasks logically, considering dependencies and constraints. Identify critical path activities that directly impact project duration.
  • Estimate task durations realistically, considering factors such as resource availability, skill levels, and potential risks.
  • Review and refine the schedule regularly to accommodate changes, resolve conflicts, and optimize resource utilization.

Cost Management:

  • Develop a comprehensive project budget that accounts for all anticipated costs, including labor, materials, equipment, overhead, and contingencies.
  • Monitor actual expenditures against the budget regularly and analyze variances to identify the root causes.
  • Implement cost control measures to mitigate cost overruns, such as renegotiating contracts, optimizing resource allocation, or revising the project scope if necessary.
  • Document and communicate cost-related decisions and their impact on the project’s financial performance.

Risk Management:

  • Examine both internal and external sources to identify potential hazards that could impact the project’s goals.
  • Evaluate the likelihood and consequences of every risk that has been discovered, giving each one a priority ranking according to how important it is to the project.
  • Create risk response plans, such as acceptance, transfer, avoidance, or mitigation, for high-priority threats.
  • Throughout the project, keep an eye on and evaluate the risks, modifying reaction plans as needed to account for evolving conditions.

Performance Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Create key performance indicators (KPIs) to track advancement toward project goals and
  • Establish a reporting system to inform stakeholders regularly on the progress of the project, the milestones that have been reached, and performance metrics.
  • Regularly evaluate employee performance to spot patterns, problems, and development
  • Make wise judgments, manage resources wisely, and proactively handle project risks and difficulties by using performance data.

About the Author:

Bhavinbhai Lakhani is the Project Controls Specialist Lead, PMP, bringing extensive experience to bear upon consulting services in Project Controls, Project Management, Risk Management, and Estimating. He has a career that is stamped by the excellent execution of critical projects across distinguished organizations. He has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Technology and Sustainability and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Such qualifications accurately reflect his potential to merge technical talents with the most impactful construction insight.

By Contributing Writer Bhavinbhai Lakhani
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