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    • Program & Project Management
    • Thought Leadership

    January 27, 2021: Program & project management thought leadership

    Integrating organizational change management & project management

    Full capabilities delivery through project management + organizational change management

    If a company is going to be good at Strategy Execution, it must know how to synchronize among a number of capabilities.  There are many benefits of integrating Project Management and Organizational Change Management.  In summary, Project Management + Organizational Change Management is greater than the sum of its parts.

    Along with many other benefits, a company that knows how to leverage its Organizational Change Management capabilities alongside its Project Management will have better adoption and acceptance of its products, services, and results.  

    For example, a Company A completes a project to enhance its internal invoicing management system.  What if Company A's finance team does not know about these changes?  What if the project completes without their awareness?  What if Company A does not train the finance team?  Imagine if the staff does not know or expect the changes and they do not know how to get out the invoices in a timely manner.

    In this example, putting the right focus and attention to the human side of the change means that financial risks are mitigated, new software is more likely to be adopted, and there is an increased likelihood that the outcome of the project aligns to the corporate strategy.  

    Benefits of a holistic approach

    • Trained & knowledgeable end users & support team improves productivity
    • Efficient processes mitigate gaps & redundancies
    • Project activities, scope, schedule, & budget are delivered
    • Communication at every stage drives full adoption of change/project
    • Defined feedback loop increases satisfaction
    • Clear requirements help full upstream & downstream assessment
    • Established success metrics (KPIs/OKRs) to achieve desired results
    • Governance defines decision-making & project authority
    • Integrate IT delivery platform with business process for scalability

    Given that "change is the only constant", it only makes sense for companies to learn to couple Organizational Change Management with Project Management.

    • Program & Project Management
    • Thought Leadership

    January 6, 2021: Program & project management thought leadership

    The importance of asking the question, “what else?”

    You can teach an old dog new tricks.

    Several years ago, and after close to 20 years as a project manager, I learned something new, something I now consider critical.   I use it all of the time, at every stage of a project and even at the end of most meetings!

    I had the pleasure of working with a project manager who ended many conversations with “What else?”.

    • At the end of a meeting with a new department that she did not know all that well, she asked “What else?”.
    • At the end of a meeting with a project team she had worked with for years, she asked “What else?”.
    • At the end of a conversation about the project strategy or about setting up a communications plan or about deployment, she asked “What else?”.

    I could go on and on, but you probably know what she would say.

    The brilliance of this question is many-fold:

    1. It offers people who have not spoken a chance to speak up
    2. It gives the team an opportunity to reflect on what they might have missed
    3. It displays a true open-mindedness to other thoughts, opinions, ideas, or tasks
    4. It is an open-ended question which means responses can come in all shapes and sizes.   Unlike the question “Anything else?” which indicates that everyone can disperse if the answer is “no”.
    5. It shows the team that they can bring things up at any time, even at a later date

    If you don’t already use “What else?” as part of your project manager leadership role, I encourage you to try it.

    • Program & Project Management
    • Thought Leadership

    December 23, 2020: Program & project management thought leadership

    Taking stock of our accomplishments at the end of 2020

    The end of the year is a common time to take stock in accomplishments.  As we all recognize, 2020 provided an unexpected challenge.

    Our Program & Project Management team leveraged this time of disruption to redesign & transform our own website.

    The new site portrays our brand exactly how we want to. We now have a platform to raise awareness of the significant value that we can provide as a business solutions company focused on executing & implementing our clients’ strategies.

    In other words: #StrategyExecution.

    We also took this time to fully define our corporate values & social responsibilities, which have always been core to who we are but now are clearly expressed as a daily reminder of our responsibility to each other, our clients, and the community around us.


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