Strategic trends

• Customer interfacing requirements

If senior management's support is not visible right from the onset, then:

• The workers may believe that senior management is not committed to the process.

• Functional managers may hesitate to provide valuable support, believing that the process is unreal.

• The entire process may lack realism and waste time.

Another critical function of senior management is determining "strategic timing." A strategic plan is a timed sequence of conditional moves that involve the deployment of resources. The executive champion must either develop or approve the strategic timing activities, which include:

• Establishing the timetable for major moves

• Establishing resource requirements and assuring availability

• Providing funding release time for critical assets and hardware/software purchases to support the project management systems

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