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Project Management - A High Performance Checklist!
Skills in project management and project membership are becoming increasingly valued as more and more ‘work’ involves change efforts, new initiatives, and a series of projects to add value for internal and external customers.
Three areas appear to be the great ‘enablers’ of exceptionally high project performance - leadership, process management, and the effective application of information technology. Consider this high performance checklist in project planning, process improvement, and change efforts.
CEO commitment, profile and visibility;
Commitment of investment dollars;
Executive involvement and active sponsorship;
A top down strategy;
Participation in the broader community and industry task forces;
A high beam focus on the project deliverables;
Industry alliances for pilot projects;
Bold cycle time and efficiency objectives;
The integration and alignment of resources;
Plans to eliminate blockages;
Accelerate decision making cycle times;
Accelerate learning, of everyone.
Set up multi functional process teams;
Assign or recruit ‘heavyweight’ project managers;
Set up rapid deployment teams;
Go mobile - with communications and equipment;
Make decisions in real time;
Locate process team members together;
Launch concurrent development and implementation - employ ‘parallel tasking’;
Locate out in the field, in the ‘action’;
Launch pilot projects with quick hits, successes, and wins;
Inject the voice of the customer;
Inject the voice of the supplier;
Use change agents and facilitators - internal and external.
Invest in appropriate IT architecture;
Obtain productive IT development tools;
Accelerate IT development cycle times;
Create shared information/data structures;
Use industry standards and protocols;
Create telecommunications networks;
Employ scanning and bar coding technology;
Create user friendly filters;
Focus on system linkages;
Ensure data integrity at source;
Validate the integrity of forecasting and allocation algorithms;
Design expert systems;
Create a virtual reality of live, real time information.
The 'enablers' of high performance:
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