Who doesn't want to operate optimally? The real question is what time, effort and resources will you commit to do it?
Project management and performance optimization are intimately related. Project management is a process that is both a means to the ends of process optimization and a target of it. Project management (PM) operates within other processes such as product development, finance, engagement management and construction. At the same time project and program management are critical success factors in optimizing the performance of any process. Optimization implies managed intentional change and continuous improvement. These are brought about by way of projects and operational processes performed within programs.
Over the next months we will explore optimal project and program management performance. Among the factors that are critical to optimal performance are process (quality) improvement, methodology, project management, organizational change management, communication, expectations management, conflict management, decision making and problem solving, knowledge management, collaboration and leadership. These are combined with specific knowledge and experience in organization, technology, policies and procedures. The result is a complex system in which engineering must be balanced with an openness to let things evolve.
How do we address the blending of agile, lean and traditional project management? How do we manage defined processes, compliance and flexibility? How do we implement and sustain practical best practices in the project management process in a way that maximizes benefits? How do we satisfy all the stakeholders - clients, sponsors, champions, sales people, performers, regulators, etc.? These are among the questions we will address over the coming months.
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