Blueprints for Business Innovation

Because the introduction of a project management methodology and its processes possibly needs to be integrated into the existing business processes, it becomes necessary to stop to look at what we need to take care of before simply designing a methodology. Business process reengineering focuses on optimizing existing processes and facilitates the redesign of these processes if they are outdated and superfluous to departments or units, they do not meet clients' needs, or they are causing long delays for meeting organizational strategy.

Look at how Dell Computers is able to reconfigure its production lines for flexible, more rapid market demands. They adapt more quickly than their competitors and apply great methodologies for their solutions. Look at how Walt Disney has moved beyond the realm of its theme parks by having its own line of cruise ships and entertainment all innovative by design reflecting that Disney is able to transcend the norm.

In Table 2.4, note that in any organization today, there are existing processes that directly interface with the aims and objectives of what many project managers are trying to do throughout the course of a project's life cycle. Remember that project management is about managing the triple constraints, which are (1) cost, (2) time, and (3) quality. It's not that simple for project or development managers to simply ignore existing processes to get their jobs done. The methodology should be tightly and seamlessly integrated into the existing processes, so much that they complement one another.

Table 2.4: Examples of processes in organizations

Process

Function

Affects Project Management

Invoicing and posting of credits

Financial

V

Purchasing of goods and services

Procurement

V

Timesheet submission

Financial

V

Financial monthly reporting

Financial

V

Salaries

Financial

V

Legal disputes and claims

Legal Council

V

Recruitment of staff

Personnel

V

Strategic prioritization of projects

Projects

V

Quality control and assurance

QA

V

Training

Training

V

Profitability

Financial

V

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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