LEAD_PPP: How to manage complexity?

How do you overcome complexity when leading resources that span across multiple continents?

Simplify! Keep things “small”! Establish firm boundaries — time, resources, and deliverables!

No HUGE projects that 99% done until they are not done at all. No excuse for “overruns”; violate the boundary and we need to go back to the drawing board.

Conduct proofs of concept, pilots and lots of testing, from end user testing to suitability testing.

Make the Users the arbiter of “success”!

When the tests yield positive results, roll out a project on a small scale, not enterprise-wide.

Provide overwhelming support so problems are quickly solved and don’t generate bad press.

Keep the lines of communication open and ensure processes remain within the limits of time frames, budget money, function points, requirements and sign-offs.

Whether it s a Program, Project, or Process, they are all served well by this approach.

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LEADERSHIP_PROJECT: The difference between a “Book of Work” and a “Workbook”



15 Great Ways Project Management Can Help Your Growing Business
01/17/2014 Written by: Ian Needs

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Many SME’s are simply scared of the term “Project Management” or end up implementing a host of non-connected, counter-productive tools. 

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Recently, I was involved with an application portfolio, “Book of Work”, that was so tightly integrated, that a full 75% of the portfolio was required to run any one application in the portfolio.

And, humorously, no one seemed upset about that. And, consequently, no one did anything about it.

Old Wall adage: “When in a hole, stop digging.”

I did some unofficial of the “soil” from this particular “hole” and found 23 different ways that applications were allowed to become dependent up each other. Interesting, I found some direct dependencies (i.e., an app writes a file that it later reads back into itself) as well as indirect (i.e., app1 writes a file1, app2 reads file2 and writes file2, app1 requires file2 to complete its work). Amusing!

In my experience, this comes from not having having a development methodology, with policies, procedures, and processes, that will prevent “just get it done” type work.

But, that’s why I’m not in charge. 

No, you can’t have it now, if it leaves us in a bigger hole than when we started.

The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. Make it in the correct direction.

I find it humorous that Microsoft Project is “too expensive” for any large organization. Have they ever looked at what they “waste”?


I like my projects — “small” and bounded by “time”, “resources”, and “deliverables”. IF you can’t slice it into bite-size subproject, THEN you deserve every over run and under delivery you get.

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