Making an Overall Plan That Works Is Easy, Right?
You simply need to collect ideas, prioritize, staff the projects and execute them.
Reality: IT’S DAMN HARD!
Indeed, very few organizations are good at putting together and constantly revising their overall plan. We talked to way over 1,000 professionals working in all kinds of industries and all kinds of roles. And we have been working on projects, managing projects, coordinating projects, and deciding on projects ourselves. Guess what. It’s not working for any of us. We heard it over and over again. The plans just don’t work.
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- Everyone in the company puts the value to the end customer above everything else.
- Team members get credit and are appreciated for the insights they provide, not just the hours they put in. They feel that the projects they work on make a difference. They can take and enjoy their vacation – guilt-free.
- Project managers get credit for delivering great projects, not reports. Being a PM is a reputable position, not simply a necessary stepping stone in one’s career. PMs can rely on the resources they were promised. And management trusts them to choose the best way forward for their projects.
- PMOs get credit for putting together a set of projects that brings the company forward, not for controlling budgets. They draw up an overall plan that can actually be achieved and are able to calmly react to changes in availabilities and priorities as they occur. They make sure PMs have everything they need to be successful. And they put senior management in a position to make decisions, with all relevant information at their fingertips.
- Senior management gets credit for making tough calls. And they can fast track issues while knowing exactly what the tradeoffs are.
Wouldn’t that be nice? To make this happen, we believe we need a method. Yes, we know that sounds boring. And it sounds so German. But it is what we need. Not just any method, but a method that is easy to understand, learn and maintain.
We Are in This Together
We used our own experience and also took the feedback that we got from the 1,000+ professionals, and created version 1 of a method to accomplish this. Giving credit to the inventors of dynamic processes, we called it Lean PPM. So far, it’s helped over 150 companies worldwide make plans that work, so considering it’s only version 1, we feel we’re off to a good start.
Now we want to make this better. No, we want to make it awesome. So PPM truly brings together all involved parties.
Together, we want to make plans that work.
PS: Oh, what if I use agile?
Excellent! That’s a fantastic way to execute a single project or topic.
But if you have hard deadlines, technical or other interdependencies or your board asks when a project will be finished: This is for you, too!