The Project Smart Program

PFN members are engaged on a journey to achieve excellence in our industries, whether it is project freight, heavy-lift operation, freight forwarding, or logistics projects. Effective Project Management is a key enabler of this process. The aim must be to provide our operational managers with simple project management processes that can be rigorously and consistently applied to produce predictable results.


In the next period, we will bring you different elements of project management that can directly be applied for in our industry. Being the best in class in project management principles means that you’ll be able to tackle any project freight challenge. Be professional towards your customers and have successful project closures. This is what generates continuous business with existing customers and new ones alike.

The following chapters shall be published and be also available on our website as they are shared with you. Please share this with your staff, and there are some very useful tips in this program that will make them understand the method of project management much better.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Stages of a Project
  3. Sponsorship and Leadership
  4. Defining the Business Objectives and Benefits
  5. Planning the Project
  6. Ensuring the Project is a Manageable Size
  7. Defining the Budget
  8. Managing the Risk
  9. Getting the Right Project Manager
  10. Getting Customer Representation
  11. Defining Roles and Responsibilities
  12. Getting the Right Resources
  13. Monitoring and Reporting Progress
  14. Communicating Progress
  15. Consultation and Leadership
  16. Getting Realistic User Requirements
  17. Defining Your Approach
  18. Conducting Structured Testing
  19. Creating an Implementation Plan
  20. Conducting a Post Implementation Review
  21. Realizing the Benefits
  22. Learning the Lessons
  23. Celebrating Success
  24. Checklist

As of January 2021, PFN will publish a new topic for you every week. This means that there will be topics for 23 weeks, with at the end with a checklist that may be helpful in your day-to-day operations.