Business owners want results and many times do not want to be told of the multitude of issues affecting the completion of their project. They just want the project done, regardless of how a project team gets it done. Business owners tend to stay in a passive role when they should be actively operating in the project. Like a homeowner who is having a house built, a business owner needs to see the work site at set intervals throughout the build process, or the investment may fizzle away. More information is made available during the course of project for better decision making. By identifying all of the problems and projected solutions associated with a project, a deeper understanding of the project's feasibility can be obtained. Especially early on, this information is invaluable and can provide more confidence to business owners and the project team that the project can be achieved on time and within budget. Further, risk management normally leads to improved communication among the...
The current chairman and chief executive, Peter Bonfield, was brought into ICL by Robb Wilmot, and became managing director after the STC takeover in 1984. He describes his managers as entrepreneurs. They have a free hand to do as they want as long as it is profitable and in their target area. He believes in delegating, and he likes winners (9). This has a strong resonance with the project management style introduced in the 1970s. The lessons of that period will have been a valuable preparation for many in the company who have helped ICL to remain profitable in a hostile climate.
In the value creation paradigm, there exists Kakusin (innovation), the intent process of entrepreneurship, and Kaihatsu (development) of the creative process in the upper stream. Kaizen, relating closely to implementation of project(s), is the subsequent process thereafter, which the contractor may collaborate with as a partner. The final process is the operation and maintenance, which is occasionally taken over by divisional organizations, after which the project is deemed to be terminated.
Our purpose is to provide theoretical insights into P2M KPM and to develop an understanding of project management as an entrepreneurial activity (vis- -vis operational activity) and as a mirror (Bredillet, 2004) used for action and reflection, between the mission of the organization and its actual creation of value (for people, organizations and society). This is in the realm of complexity (Richardson, 2005), ambiguity and uncertainty, of interactions between multiple variables each of them having a specific time horizon and occupying a specific place, playing a specific role and is helpful to transpose the Japanese experience to other analogical contexts and situations (Gentner, 1983).
Where Classical Project Management is No Longer the Answer Kaikaku Project Management and the Concept of Shikumizukuri
The key Japanese concept is shikumizukuri which is composed of the words shikumi and zukuri. It is a set of contrived framework or architecture used for institutions, business models, systems, or their compounds. Zukuri means creation, which signifies framework creation. Creation of value chain for a new undertaking in business is the work of shikumizukuri. Monozukuri is an often-used term in Japan for manufacturing. Mono stands for a product or commodity. Manufacturing is a system of value creation through merchandizing, development, designing, fabrication and procurement. This is a kind of shikumi. Entrepreneurs think of innovation of shikumi from time to time and apply concepts of shikumizukuri. This concept connotes to program management, where compound business models and systems have to be designed to manage a complex mission. Shikumizukuri requires integration of a broad range of creativity, know-how, wisdom, technology and knowledge through intellectual insights. This term is...
Individuals and business units that were previously unaware that they were project stakeholders will now be able to access the project knowledge management system for their own business purposes. Indeed, it is quite likely that any required project information will now be exchanged with routine efficiency.
In addition to developing an appreciation of the new role, the development program also had to develop an appreciation of the use of influence skills rather than reliance on positional authority. In a bureaucratic culture there is a higher reliance on positional authority, but the increased responsibility of the project leader was not matched with increased authority. This is usually the norm in project management. Sometimes the project is identified with a powerful person so the project manager can reference that person and get referent authority. That is, the project manager can say, The CEO wants this done, and wield authority based on the CEO's position. But in general, project leadership requires that the person develop his or her own abilities at influence and not depend so much on referent power. Therefore, the development program had to impart this idea in a usable form so the future project leaders would become more self-sufficient and more self-reliant, and would become...
Managing complex programs represents a challenge requiring skills in team building, leadership, conflict resolution, technical expertise, planning, organization, entrepreneurship, administration, management support, and the allocation of resources. This section examines these skills relative to program management effectiveness. A key factor to good program performance is the program manager's ability to integrate personnel from many disciplines into an effective work team. Entrepreneurship
There are several measures that are useful in measuring the health of a company. These measures are also useful in measuring the health of a project. The trend in project management is to have the project manager take on more and more responsibility for the projects she is managing. Project managers in the future will be more concerned with their projects from the standpoint of managing them as small businesses. It is therefore useful for them to have some financial knowledge. Return on sales (ROS), return on assets (ROA), and economic value added (EVA) are three simple measures that a project manager can use to help determine the financial health of a project that is in progress or ooe thieft is being contemplated.
The stakeholders for individual projects (project management) include business owners, business sponsors, and often the end user of a project's output. These stakeholders are specifically concerned with satisfying their own business requirements and needs and controlling cost and schedule. When their projects slip or exceed budget, they want to know what activities drove the variances.
Project managers and project management methods are becoming more widely known, and project management successes are becoming more frequent. For this reason project managers are being given more responsibility in the businesses they work in. It has become more important that project managers treat their projects like small businesses and that they be responsible for more of the functions that were traditionally managed by others. This is because project managers are seen as being successful in what they do. Why not give them more responsibility One of the areas where project managers need to take more responsibility is in the accounting for cost of their projects.
Happened because the companies that provided one of these services did not always provide both - either for business reasons or for regulatory reasons. Some projects involve voice services and networks, while others involve data, and still others involve a combination of the two. In addition to voice and data, there are many other services, such as video, or forms of multimedia services. But we cannot even stop here. Many telecom service providers do not provide the carriage of voice, or data etc at all. Many provide other specialized functions that enable the service providers and or the end users to define their own business. These functions can be related to the network (e.g. network management), related to the user's business, (e.g. call centers), can involve providing a specific function of the overall service, (e.g. billing), or can include management of customer interactions in an electronic commerce type of service such as E-Bay.
Kaikaku or innovative reform is a popular and meaningful word in Japan, because it is being pursued in contemporary enterprises of political administration, industry and the company. In particular, project management may be converted to provide dual advantages in dealing with the unique undertaking of creative entrepreneurship and solid implementation of business managers if contrived in the new version. Kaikaku is congruent to the strategy context that enterprises have to create and to sustain changes of organizational capability complying with the external environment. In general, corporate strategy is handled to formulate planning by the head office, and implemented to capture outcome by organizations. Kaikaku is certainly a challenge and a risk, but value creation sustainability can neither be conscious nor be in hand without it, because it is strategic capability itself in pursuit of uniqueness and novelty at any level. This is why the new version after P2M is named Kaikaku...
Today the project manager is expected to be familiar with and have considerable knowledge in the areas of finance, accounting, sales, marketing, manufacturing, research and development, strategic and operational planning, the characteristics of organizations, personnel, administration, managing work relationships, motivation, and other people skills. This is necessary because project managers are managing projects much like people manage small businesses. The multidisciplined project team becomes an entity in itself, focused on the needs of the project and trying to satisfy those needs in the best way possible.
Project management and, in particular, the project office are critical to the enterprise because most of the value-adding activities that companies do come in the form of projects. Think of operations as interest on capital already amassed think of projects as the entrepreneurs who create new wealth. New products new marketing initiatives new facilities new organizational processes implemented, mergers, and acquisitions all of these are projects. Time is money if a project is late for an amount of time equal to 10 percent of the projected life of the project, it loses about 30 percent of its potential profits.4
In addition to the continuing support of many of those mentioned in the acknowledgments to the first edition, I would like to thank those managers and students who have contributed ideas and energy to the Lean Performance certificate classes I teach in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for Enterprise Development. I would especially like to thank the teams from Amurol Food Products, Emerson Sealmas-ter, Medline Industries, Elite Engineering, Northrup-Grumman, Weathermakers, Texas Instruments, American Circuits, Midwest Folded Products, Peerless Mounts, and several teams at Kay Manufacturing as well as at Smith and Richardson. The success of these managers and students in the application of Lean Performance principles, tools, and practices sustains my vision of a lean transformation in the American lean economy.
For instance, in the United States, the ESCO (Energy Service Company) business has successfully created a large market as a new business model. It is the kind of investment where a business owner that uses a large amount of energy is presented with a chance of investing in energy-saving equipment that provides low-cost energy and the business owner pays the difference brought by the cheaper energy charge as investment cost over several years. This enables the business owner to execute an energy-saving investment without investment funds to achieve reduction of energy costs. In this way, by considering frameworks for good investment collection, a constructor can propose a project to a business owner who has no funds, which generates a new business opportunity. Thinking of investment collection methods is also very important in creating business opportunities.
Richard can build on this group of interested project managers with some light structure to foster growth and collaboration. Examples of this include the creation of a freely accessible internal project management portal with the latest academic thinking, driving mentoring for less-experienced project managers, or hosting a speaker series with leading thinkers. Bringing project managers together and exposing them to the latest research and ideas in project management can quickly spark innovation and a lead to a lot of Wouldn't it be cool if conversations among project managers, especially in organizations with smart, entrepreneurial employees. From that point, it is possible to start to discuss tools and processes for realizing these ambitions.
Although there is clearly no shortage of ideas within an organization, unfortunately, these ideas are seldom captured in most organizations, except in the few cases where a handful of employees are sufficiently entrepreneurial to drive their own ideas through to implementation. This can happen in spite of the organization, rather than because of it. Organizations are effective at focusing employees on their daily tasks, roles, and responsibilities. Organizations are far less effective at capturing the other output of that process the ideas and observations that result from it. It is important to remember that these ideas can be more valuable than an employee's routine work. Putting in an effective process for capturing ideas provides an opportunity for organizations to leverage a resource they already have, already pay for, but fail to capture the full benefit of namely, employee creativity.
A successful project manager is instrumental in managing the project budget at all times, and he or she must ensure that actual expenses are in line with the initial estimates and planning. As the project is being executed, those planned resource expenses such as computer hardware or software should be ordered and paid for out of the project budget, not general company budgets. The goal is for the project manager to manage the budget and projected cash flow almost as if he or she were managing his or her own business. Managing the budget allows the project manager to be sensitive to overspending and exceeding costs (see Figure 6.3). Strong fiscal discipline will pave the way to project success. It is common for many organizations that deliver solutions to award their project managers lucrative incentives for achieving project success and repeat business from their clients.
The Japanese economy, plagued by a rapidly growing proportion of elderly people, will be more handicapped in decades to come. Hence, not only companies, but also central and local governments, universities and individuals will need more severe scrutiny with regard to what kind of missions they will have and how they will do in the future. However, not only existing firms, but also most Japanese people, bound by many current agendas, tend to forget true entrepreneurship a mother for innovation. They have been influenced by conventional education, training and grading system in Japan that has been overly segmentalized. How we will break through such a situation under systemic fatigue of the politico-economic society in Japan is another important agenda for us. However, this is beyond our study of KPM.
Contemporary Japanese PM is advocated in this version. Applying the open system thinking where human interaction is dominant, the contemporary PM depends on a value creation paradigm . What is the value gained by managing projects This is the basic question. The Japanese answer is the breakthrough to Kaikaku. The owner entrepreneur initiates the innovation to create value in the future and discusses with the contractor. In line with this thinking, the central player is the owner, who is completely responsible for the total lifecycle. Two critical contexts of mission and solution are introduced in the PM paradigm. Mission is essentially the willingness to commit resources, which is generated by an insightful idea balanced on value. A solution is very occasionally implied
In this paper, the ideal model to build complementary relationships with the various companies vertically, evolve the whole value chain, and continue expanding the values of the whole business industry for the customers is named as the virtual project type of the supply chain. The virtual project type of supply chain is defined as the cooperation with the players of other layers in the value chain based on its own business platform, which specifies the horizontal and vertical business architecture.
Your boss asks how long it will take to write that report, and you tell her it will take about a week. Your coworker calls and asks when you will be finished repairing the computer network, and you tell him it will take another day. You make estimates about task durations every day. You know your own business, and you're probably pretty good at setting the timing for everyday tasks based on many factors.
The integration of business strategy and programs is the second line of integration, following global interface. Integration assures that all the business owner and management expectations are embodied in documented strategic objectives, and that the global opportunities, both for markets and suppliers, are integrated into business decisions.
SMEs are a major source of entrepreneurial skills, innovation and employment, but they can be the companies most affected by the globalisation process and are often confronted with certain difficulties and barriers for example, SMEs frequently have difficulties in obtaining capital or credit, particularly in the early start-up phase.
Entrepreneurial Skills The program manager also needs a general management perspective. Entrepreneurial skills are developed through actual experience. However, formal MBA-type training, special seminars, and cross-functional training programs can help to develop the entrepreneurial skills needed by program managers.
The integration of business strategy and programs is the second line of integration following global interface. Integration ensures that all business owner and management expectations are embodied in documented strategic objectives, and that the global opportunities, both for markets and suppliers, are integrated into business decisions.
Hook then explains that this quote from A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh describes a character in the world of Pooh, but it has been used by entrepreneurial theorists to describe the differing and complex theories of the entrepreneur. There is a touch of the Heffalump about the best possible generic RMP.
Let's look at some instances in which Scrum provided an opportunity for the Product Owner and development Teams to work closely together to maximize the value of the project. At Servicelst, we'll see how top management recognized the opportunity to get directly involved as Product Owners. At TechCore, we'll see how a young entrepreneur was able to sell his company for a premium by focusing his efforts on his work as the Product Owner. Finally, at MegaBank, we'll see how the ScrumMaster got the customers to be the Product Owners while minimizing the work necessary to teach and implement Scrum.
The process includes loops to validate and verify the completeness of the WBS. Validation refers to determining that everything on the WBS is there for a reason and is not inappropriate to the project scope. Validation also determines the proper hierarchical level for all deliverables and ensures hierarchical integrity. Verification is closely aligned with validation. Verification extends the concept back to the business owner or project sponsor to ensure that all scope has been accounted for and is on the WBS.
To foster the project champion approach to innovation and creativity. The idea is to encourage entrepreneurship by approving projects that individual managers are committed to and have taken on as personal causes because of their belief that the idea, product, or process is in our best interest.
There are times when a monthly payment cycle is insufficient to meet the cash flow requirements of a project, especially if you are dealing with small businesses. This presents a challenge to the CM GC to be able to attract small, minority, disadvantaged, local, and woman-owned business enterprises to bid the project and perform the work. Special provisions may need to be made to provide for payment to these smaller start-up firms on a more frequent basis other than monthly, for example, requisitioning twice a month. In addition, owners sometimes delay payments to the CM GC beyond the contract terms of 30 days, which in turn delays payments to subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors. The owner is then placing the CM GC in the position of being a banker rather than a CM GC, which is not their business. Many contracts have a paid when paid clause, which simply states that the subcontractors will be paid when the owner makes payment to the CM GC and not before. This contractual provision...
Project champions are those who have some reason to bring a project into being. These stakeholders include the developers, investors, and entrepreneurs motivated by profit. The group also includes the visionaries who are trying to create something for the future or for the benefit of others. Also included is the client or customer with a specific need, politicians, community leaders, and others who want to satisfy the needs of their constituents. The role of the project champion is significant in most cases the project cannot exist without them. Furthermore, the judgments, evaluations, and perceptions of these stakeholders probably have the greatest effect in confirming project success. The project champions must be fully satisfied, or the project is not a success. Obviously, the composition of the project champions as well as their needs and perceptions can vary widely. In some cases, the individual goals and objectives of those within this group are in conflict with each other.
Maintain a long-term guarantee for providing spare parts of a single product, the guarantee may be possible if all similar products of the company are integrated. Also, outsourcing of all or part of guarantee service itself is possible, which even enables the company to propose the guarantee that cannot be provided within its own business scope.
An alarm on your car doesn't prevent it from being stolen, it simply deters the would-be thief. They have to think twice about whether or not they can boost your car before someone pays attention to the alarm. Similarly, protecting your corporate data from attacker reconnaissance missions is not going to increase your security, it will simply help deter would-be hackers. Putting up barriers wherever you can without impeding your own business processes (or without unduly impeding users) reduces the chances that an attacker will select your network as a target. In the end, your layered security systems are what will protect you, but why not make it as difficult as possible for a would-be attacker to get any helpful information
According to an April 26, 2006 article on internetnews.com, by Tim Scannell, if you're a business owner in New York and you use a wireless LAN to handle sensitive customer data, you had better make sure it's secure. Lawmakers in White Plains, New York (Westchester County, north of Manhattan) passed a law making it illegal for a business not to take necessary precautions to protect its wireless networks from accidental or deliberate abuse. The new law is less restrictive of public Wi-Fi hotspots like those found in coffee shops and hotels. While many members of the
Born 1965, graduated in Information Technology with supplementary studies in Human Sciences (Philosophy, Psychology) and Media (Cinema), specialised in the role of technology in improving learning, labour market and society. Former eLearning and Internet manager for a large telecom company, consultant and evaluator for United Nation Agencies and the European Commission, e-entrepreneur, European Project Officer at City of Viladecans Foundation, researcher and consultant at D-O-T whose co-founder and current managing director he is. Major expertise in European projects on innovation related to Education and Training (vocational, continuous, lifelong learning) Information and Communication Technologies' research and development (ICT R+D), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and transnational co-operation.
Projects that evolve into ongoing operations are considered projects that end because of addition in other words, they become their own ongoing business unit. An example of this is the installation of an enterprise resource planning system. These systems are business management systems that integrate all areas of a business, including marketing, planning, manufacturing, sales, financials, and human resources. After the installation of the software, these systems can develop into their own business unit because ongoing operations, maintenance, and monitoring of the software require full-time staff. These systems usually evolve into an arm of the business reporting system that no one can live without once it's installed.
Planning is a continuous process of making entrepreneurial decisions with an eye to the future, and methodically organizing the effort needed to carry out these decisions. Furthermore, systematic planning allows an organization of set goals. The alternative to systematic planning is decision-making based on history. This generally results in reactive management leading to crisis management, conflict management, and fire fighting.
Matt Light is a research director in Gartner Research, where he advises on applications development and project and process management. He has more than twenty years of industry experience. Prior to joining Gartner, he worked as a project manager and in various development and research management roles both as a software entrepreneur and at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In addition, he previously directed project change processes in the project office of an electrical subcontractor and managed Auerbach Publishers' line of manufacturing automation and integration journals and reference books. He holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. from San Francisco State University, and an M.B.A. in information systems from Sacred Heart University, Fair-field, Connecticut.
The people who did not appear to be laughing at these jokes were the concessionaires, including about 50 food service operators, who had been forced to rehire, retrain, and reequip at considerable expense. Several small businesses were forced to call it quits because of the eight-month delay. Red ink was flowing despite the fact that the 45-a-square foot rent would not have to be paid until DIA officially opened. Several of the concessionaires had requested that the rent be cut by 10 a square foot for the first six months or so, after the airport opened. A merchant's association was formed at DIA to fight for financial compensation.
MegaFund Systems Company (MSC) provided technology services to MegaFund. MSC determined that the best way to support the new competitive products was to link them to its legacy databases through middleware servers. Every organization would write its own business functionality to run on the servers, and MSC would write common data access capabilities. The servers would be designed to support virtually any transaction volumes in a secure, restartable environment. These goals constituted the first nonfunctional requirements that were put in the Product Backlog.
The project steering committee includes representatives of corporate clients, the project sponsor or sponsors, the business owner or owners, and sometimes the project manager. Usually, the members of the steering committee are not directly responsible for managing project activities but provide support and guidance for those who do. Upper managers through their roles on a steering committee can model desired organizational behaviors with regard to teamwork by demonstrating how teams collaborate to set strategy, prioritize, and decide issues. Members need to understand the strategic implications and outcomes of initiatives being pursued through
Power culture A single person or small group leads the organization. There is little or no respect for formal structures and procedures. Often these organizations are entrepreneurial. When these organizations grow, they have adaptation problems. This culture is very often difficult to change.
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