Why Finance Is Essential In Project Management

Why Finance Is Essential In Project Management

Written By Andrew Makar

Professional Cat Herder and an Agile Enthusiast with a keen interest in putting PM theory into actual practice.

Business projects require a dedicated team, a dedicated manager, and a specific budget. Without any of these components, a project could fall flat even before starting. Furthermore, it may cause companies to suffer substantial financial losses if there is no proper control of their projects. 

For these critical reasons, project managers should have a thorough knowledge of financial terms and documentation and know how to incorporate it into the planning for each new project. Thus, project management is more than about executing a few ideas. There are budgets to take into consideration as well. Below are some of the reasons why finance is an essential component of project management:

  1. Guarding Against Unforeseen Circumstances

Before starting any project, the team should plan, discuss and adjust the budget so that no part of the project goes unfunded. Failing to set this budget ahead of time could halt the entire project when things don’t go accordingly. 

Managing the project’s cash cycle to include all four phases will go much smoother when the company incorporates RPA in accounting. Throughout each stage of financing, investing, operations, and returns, there may be unexpected mishaps that the RPA can help to manage. Robotic process automation will also play a valuable part when the project manager can rely on accurate analytics that has a human touch without compromising on the quality of these reports.

  1. Measuring Profits And Losses For Forecasting

Company projects are bound to be more successful when the project management team can predict possible profits and losses. However, accurate estimations can only happen when finances are part of the project and monitored each step of the way. 

Not having a forecast could cause a company to waste money on failed projects, leaving them scrambling to see if they meet the requirements for a business loan. Although taking out a loan for a project isn’t bad, doing so due to unforeseen circumstances will put undue financial pressure on the project to perform even better than initially expected. Appropriately measuring the profits and losses can also prevent the same issues for future projects.

  1. Extending The Project’s Value Through Insight

Project managers that understand the impact of finances on their project will make more efforts to keep the project on track and everyone operating within the set budget. Moreover, they can assess the progress for each step and identify potential financial pitfalls, like overspending on unnecessary equipment, supplies, or other expenses. 

On the other hand, their insight could guide them to use every cent cleverly to save money instead of needing extra financial assistance. For instance, additional resources like outsourcing could otherwise not be possible if the project manager didn’t have the insights to plan the project budget and minimize financial waste.

  1. Including Incentives To Motivate Team Members

Depending on the length of the project and how many team members are involved, there could be incentives to make them more motivated to complete their tasks timeously. Although not all projects have a large budget, staff members who finish the project on time, with money to spare, could receive some of it as compensation for their hard work. 

Extended projects could cause teams to lose focus, interest, and productivity. More so if they don’t have a constant reminder that there is an incentive waiting for them once the project finishes. Should there not be enough finances to include incentives into the project’s budget during its initial phases, project managers could contemplate adding them later according to the project’s success. 

  1. Preparing Accurate Reports To Present To Management

Reporting will give everyone working on the project a good representation of the progress; more importantly, management will see the returns on their investments. After all, it is up to them to garner investors or apply for other financial assistance if the project needs it. It could also be helpful when they need to improve their project management statistics to achieve a better success rate. 

The project manager won’t be able to present these reports and accurately represent the project if they don’t understand these financial aspects themselves. These project managers will be big responsible for driving the project’s success. To do so, they must manage the expenditures and guide them to a profitable outcome.  

Why Finance Is Essential In Project Management

Final Thoughts

Projects could overwhelm the team working on them and the company if the finances aren’t managed accordingly. For this reason, financial planning is as essential to the success of project management as all the other steps in the process.  

When project managers implement their financial insights, the correct software tools, and incentives, they can almost guarantee a greater return on investment for the company.

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