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Anonymous

7/26/2012 04:02 PM

Good practical advice

Anonymous

7/26/2012 04:02 PM

When I first started reading this article, I thought, "excellent! This is exactly how I feel about our organization; we need more articles like this!" Then I read the solutions and realized that we are already doing all these things. We have a project management team, a "steering" or selection committee that determines which projects are selected based on priority. Management sets the priorities each year and we have 2 or 3 priorities which we consider most important or "vital". However, what happens is that for those two or three top priorities (or programs) there are maybe 5 to 10 projects created. Thus, our two to three vital programs turn into 30 projects which anyone person might be working on 3 to 6 at a time. I think maybe the difficulty is that we are usually doing transformational projects so even though we are only doing two or three each one consumes vast amounts of resources. I can hardly imagine doing 5 or 6 major projects. Thank you for writing this article I think that it’s an important topic for management to be discussing!

Rich Jones

7/26/2012 04:02 PM

Excellent! We took on the task of adopting a very strick project management discipline two years ago and are close to "getting it right." The weight of the discipline is on scoping, but since scoping takes resources we have a beginning process that using a project request. In this request, the strategic link, the member and organization benefit and the hard costs are identified. The senior leadership team that represents all business units reviews the request and asks questions to determine if the strategic fit and benefits are worth the work. If approved at this level it then goes to a full scoping with a team made up representatives of each of the affected business units. This process has reduced the project integration and implementation time and the cost because time spent on scoping saving time spent later on work arounds or changes. Also using a tool like microsoft project for all projects keeps our project work in line with our manpower bandwidth.

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