One of the deterrents to focus is too much work in process (WIP), because it creates distractions to the important work that should be getting done. One way to manage the WIP and also gain focus is through the use of multiple planning horizons. Read more »
Making a Huge Leap Forward after a Project Disaster
They had 18 months to pull off a revolutionary new product design and have it ready for a tradeshow, and their business was very literally on the line. One problem: The last project like this had taken four years. This mini-case explains how they pulled it off.
Projects all have one thing in common: They all have customers or stakeholders that use some product of the project. It could be a report, feature, or an indirect enhancement to the primary business process they are actors within. Regardless of their role, the product has some impact on these customers or suppliers. It is important to note that some of these customers may also be suppliers. Customers and suppliers can also be external to the team or company.
Those of you who came up through old-school System Analysis and Design will be familiar with the use of IPO charts. In that case, much of this topic will be familiar to you, but with a new twist. Do you remember having to create IPO charts to map the data usage needed in your program to produce a given output? This tool just adds a human element and raises it up to the macro level of a project vs. an individual computer program when dealing with data attributes.
So what do SIPOC and COPIS stand for, and why are they different?
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If your team struggles to see the big picture and move toward project conclusion, try these formats for a milestone table including the completion dates and the status of major driving tasks for each milestone.
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