Project Follow-up is a general process for controlling and monitoring status of project work to ensure that the project is performed on schedule, within budget and as per requirements. It uses feedback on costs, schedules, requirements, employee performance, and other critical factors to determine project success.
The key goal of the follow-up process is to monitor the course of a project and adjust project activities when needed to ensure effectiveness of project results. The process achieves this goal by performing the following 6 steps:
- Managing variances to confirm there is no uncontrolled change that causes project instability
- Controlling scope to ensure the project is performed within accepted boundaries and requirements.
- Monitoring spending to avoid cost overruns and budget failure
- Responding to risks to keep the project feasible and effective
- Assuring quality to ensure customer acceptance of deliverables
- Controlling schedules to prevent delay and procrastination
The project follow-up process starts with the beginning of project activities, lasts throughout project implementation, and ends up with completion of project goals. Another name of this process is project delivery management.