Can you imagine an organization that had no interest in improving its factory output, upgrading its IT, or in optimizing its financial investments? Can you imagine a company that had used the same processes for manufacturing or the same financial investment strategies that it used 10 years ago? Can you imagine a successful company that used the same IT infrastructure it had five or ten years ago? Management would never tolerate such inaction … [Read more...] about Your Company Is Not Investing Enough in Engineering Productivity, And You Know It!
High Performance Teams
New product development is the lifeblood of your organization and all levels of management are involved in some manner in the process. Although most of the work of developing products is accomplished at the team level, it is the management that establishes the environment in which the team operates and writes the rules of engagement that govern its activities. We have found several behaviors that help product teams and senior managers mutually … [Read more...] about How Should Product Teams Engage Senior Management?
In any kind of project or program, situations often occur that require escalation for decisions to be made above the level of the project team. Typical examples of such situations include changes of project scope, unforeseen technical problems, overspending, lost expertise, and schedule slippages or changes. The problems can get especially costly in a heavily matrixed organization, wherein people who report to various functions (engineering, … [Read more...] about Unclear Escalation Paths can Kill Projects
Teams that develop new products are challenged to produce a high-quality, valuable solutions in as short a time as possible and within a tight budget. We all know that slippage in time-to-market; decreased functionality, or increased cost can have major negative consequences for the business, and may even determine the success or failure of a new product launch. One major cause of such slippage is confusion within the team around roles and … [Read more...] about New Product Development: Need to improve team performance? Find and Correct the “Pinch-Points”
Companies launch new projects every day. Many of them get off to a fast start but that does not necessarily mean a good start. Projects get derailed quickly when teams don’t have a clear understanding of what each functional group is contributing during each phase of the project. The Function Phase Matrix helps clarify cross-functional team objectives, roles and responsibilities. It tracks key deliverables across the phases of a project and … [Read more...] about The Function Phase Matrix: Clarifying Roles and Responsibilities
Sorting out who does what on a project is pretty basic. Clear tasks with clear responsibilities and deadlines is Project Management 101. But how many projects have you managed where it was unclear who was responsible for a deliverable until it turned into a mess? The Circle Dot Chart addresses this issue. It is a set of connected circles in a matrix framework that identifies key deliverables on the horizontal axis and key roles or key … [Read more...] about Circle Dot Chart: Clarifying Responsibilities