The rate of technology and market change today is staggering. For example, who could have imagined Google and Apple displacing auto companies? Yet, too many companies lack a Portfolio Management process that enables them to respond effectively to such shifts in markets and in the labs. Even many companies that have an adequate portfolio process lack the ability to make the decisions that allow them to alter course quickly. This results in … [Read more...] about Program Managers: Linchpin of Product Development Agility
We’ve all experienced those mind-numbing meetings –there are a lot of people in the room, and many issues to resolve – but at the end of the meeting, little has been accomplished – what a waste of time and energy! Much as been written about the mechanics of running effective meetings – having an agenda, getting the right people in the room, focusing on agreements and decisions. And while these mechanics are necessary, they are not … [Read more...] about Make Meetings the Best Use of Your Time (Instead of a Waste of Your Time)!
With shrinking technology lifecycles, as well as economic and technology developments happening every day, people are confronting the reality of continuous change. Managers are looking for tools that can help them prepare project teams for change initiatives. The Change Impact Matrix is a descriptive tool that details the scope of the changes that everyone involved in a project will face. The matrix is useful for presenting the project context … [Read more...] about Change Impact Matrix: Understanding the Consequences of Changes
Machiavelli “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” What’s new? This graphical technique can help you predict who may block the success of your program by helping you visualize friends and foes to pinpoint and eliminate blockers. Believe it or not, relationships can be mapped and while it is subjective, it is easy to do relative comparisons of one who is more supportive of your program than someone else. What is the Tool? … [Read more...] about Visualizing the Enemy
Getting organizational change to make an impact is very difficult under the perfect situation, but getting an impact quickly and to achieve the desired results in most situations requires the perfect storm. Rapid and effective change is more important now than it has every been given the current economic contraction and chaos over the last 18 months. The groundwork, or Step 0, must be laid first. This is what we call the environment of … [Read more...] about Managing Change by Measuring Behavior