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Enterprise Project Management


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Enterprise Project Management

  1. 1. Enterprise Project Management Collected thoughts
  2. 2. Is… • A culture • A facility • A framework to orchestrate with • Agile and waterfall • A way to decide what to do • A backbone • A result of business change • A means to an end Is not… • A regime • The answer • A straight jacket • One thing or the other • The perfect priority calculation • The heart and soul • Simply adoption • An end in itself Enterprise Project Management – easy ride or uphill struggle?
  3. 3. Once… • We’re too busy to take on important stuff • We miss out on work because we didn’t see it coming • We’re constantly trying to work out who’s doing what • Stuff keeps slipping = 1 too many angry client • Our quality suffers under time pressure • We’re spending more time in coordinating and in meetings than delivering • It takes 4 weeks to update the exec on project progress • Someone with budget can see a case We can… • See what we have to stop to prioritise • See work coming and provision appropriately to deliver & do more with less expense • Know who’s doing what and have less fights and fight less fires • deliver more certainly = happy clients • ‘pick up’ then ‘put down’ less = less mistakes • Plan and manage risk rather than react and deal with issues • Have near real time and less effort in achieving it – less expense to manage • Remove the pain and measure baseline for further improvement Enterprise Project Management – How will I know?
  4. 4. Yes of course… • Technology solves everything these days • All I need is a knowledge base anyway • Project managers don’t need nurse maids • Real time data doesn’t need admin • People work together on stuff naturally • We are pretty mature as an organisation • We don’t need to onboard people often • IT can implement it for us • We don’t need a project “civil service” No you’re bonkers… • What about if our needs change? • Who is gong to fill and maintain it? • Most don’t – not all… • Is that hope or expectation? • While it suits them • Most organisations underestimate immaturity • At present – but what if you shrink or grow? • IT are not P3M SMEs and will focus on IT • Civil service makes us civilised – don’t forget that! Enterprise Project Management – So that I can ditch the PMO? You have to be mad to think you don’t need a robust PMO to define, implement, sustain and exploit EPM for all the benefits EPM brings. PMO and EPM come as a wedded couple. presently
  5. 5. Yes of course… • IT can implement it for us • Technology solves everything these days • People can work it out for themselves • Its out of the box – right? • Project management isn’t complex • Just a place to keep your plans & documents • I’ll get corp. comms to do some publicity • Help desk can support it • We don’t need to make a big change thing out of this No you’re bonkers… • Install maybe? • It does – but not without people, process etc. • People can get it wrong too • Configuration makes tools useful • Operation of it is! • That’s fine – but that’s minimal benefit • Which is fine if you’re just providing a facility • Help Desk are not P3M SMEs and focus on IT • No sponsor – no push. No problem – no gain. No change – no benefit Enterprise Project Management It’s simple install, train job done? You can treat an EPM solution like a technology adoption – but you won’t get it going easily, won’t reduce delivery risk, save operational cost or deliver more – and won’t make that stick! Find out more -
  6. 6. You didn’t… • Get a senior sponsor to back the initiative • Realise the organisation was as immature as it was • Understand the lack of governance regime • Realise people were wedded to their local behaviours • Know the plan data quality was so poor • Estimate the level of change management support correctly • Set aside enough time to manage it Can you recover…? • Can you get a sponsor now? Who will touch it? • There has been a lot of noise because it was ‘too hard’…. • Not good to expose sponsor failings in a crisis scenario – not their fault… • Left field requirements are never easy to deal with – costly if not anticipated • Can the time / support be found to clean it up? • People have made progress, but some really struggled and good will is low ebb • Has it hurt your day job too? Bless. Enterprise Project Management Where did I go wrong (maybe)? Not getting set up to deliver change around EPM can cause lasting pain – from which some people cannot recover. Do it right first time instead.
  7. 7. Of course… • Best of breed collections can be a pain to integrate and sustain integrated… • There are savings to be made in exploiting platforms wisely • Prejudice towards / from some providers does exist no matter what you think • You can do what you like with an in house solution • Our people won’t want something that just out of the box • Its no good if you can’t support it – or take it forwards as you grow Not at all… • Reliance on one supplier can be unhealthy and miss out on benefits • Cloud based solutions mean that platforms don’t need to be had at all • Don’t like Apple? Don’t like Microsoft? It’s part of a change challenge not a design constraint. • Doing what you like can cause a sustainment nightmare. 80% solution for 20% cost best? • Is this just meaning we have to do our analysis better? • Cloud based solutions mean that support can be part of a service not an internal team Enterprise Project Management Does the technology matter? The benefit of the IT may not always be to the immediate customer – sensible compromises may be best all round. A customer can work sensibly with IT by taking an ‘Intelligent customer’ service -
  8. 8. Of course… • Our approach to defining and turning business strategy into challenges is clear • Our ability to prepare responses and create proposals works well • The review / decision boards we have are facilitated, get to the point, and make decisions • We effectively track and manage issues, risks, actions and decision implementation • We maintain business cases through projects and programmes, and stop failure • We have passion, but we are logical about portfolio decisions Not at all… • There is a gap between those with vision and ideas and those that can make them happen • Our idea formulation is poorly focused and does not always get to a decision point quickly enough • Material is not shared before meetings, people do not prepare, detail is a distraction from progress • We have no way of tracking all that stuff, notes are imperfect and never remember last meeting • We forget why we are doing things, and assume if something has started that it has to finish • We let emotional arguments and relationships carry too much weight in professional decision making Enterprise Project Management Is our governance good enough? Enterprise Project Management is to support operation – but the key benefit is around enabling governance. But if you can’t make decisions – EPM is a wasted investment….