PMCLLC Now Offers Learning Materials

Project Management Considerations has addetraining-icon-5d a “Product” page to the website listing the learning materials available. Are you preparing for the PMP/CAPM Exam, training your project team on project management terminology and tools/techniques, or learning about project management in general?  Follow this link to learn more.  #pmckenriches

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NPD Familiarization Training

life-cycle-costing-10-638In my last entry, I discussed the steps we were taking to establish an updated phased approach to new product development.  As part of this revised approach, it was important to develop a training package to level set the organization on vocabulary, the process details, expectations, and accountability.

As we were developing the training, the best approach soon became apparent, set up the training to mimic the project process flow.  We provided an overview of the process flow, the tools used for listing and providing status on the projects, the collaboration tool used for day-to-day project execution and communication, the formal forms required to:

  • Initiate (request form, project list, project file folder, schedule & collaboration tool)
  • Budget
  • Define Scope (this is key to schedule development and change control)
  • Change process and documentation
  • Pre-Production Build Packets (to familiarize operations with the product and build samples)
  • Phase Gate Approval
  • Product Launch (produce release checklist to formally update the ERP system)
  • Project Closeout
  • Project/Product Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Communication Expectations

We had originally allotted an hour and a half for the training, and after the first session we added an hour, and still did not have time for the collaboration tool videos.  We really could not justify additional time to complete the entire training, so assigned homework to review the training videos and only highlighted the operations build packet process since each department has differing roles and responsibilities that need to be detailed separately.

The training was well received, as evidenced by the engagement and questions from all the departments.  We are also going to be using this training package for on-boarding of new employees (non-production), and we will allow a full four hours for that training.

This is the fifth time I have been involved in process development, training, and execution, and it never gets old.  Being part of the maturation of the organization for construction projects or new product development never gets old.

Please reach out if you could use assistance in either of these areas, I would welcome the opportunity to assist in your project development or maturation process.

Do You Use a Phased Approach?

10.24.13-NPD-Process-II-MC-Image3During the last almost four months, I have had the pleasure of improving the phased approach we use for projects (new product development, NPD).

Being an integral part of an organization that is focused on new product development as part of our growth strategy, it is extremely satisfying bring my process development, discipline of execution, and performance monitoring skills to drive improvement in this arena.

The first step of this effort was to examine the existing process and to interview all primary stakeholders to the process to determine what was working and what was not.  The second step was to process map out the existing process with more detail than the previous documentation, showing decision points and detailed attributes required at each step.  The third step was to create a schedule template to be used for the new product development process. The fourth, and perhaps most critical step, was to get buy-in from the organization on the process and “typical” time frame for each of the steps in order to deliver a quality product (meets customer requirements).  The fifth and last step in this process improvement is to take the process flow and new product development artifacts (new/revised forms and project management software tools) and provide detailed training and expectations to the organization.

This last step is under development and will be implemented within the next three weeks.  I am extremely excited to be leading this effort!

Starting a Non-Profit

8-9488As well as my standard project management tid-bits and experiences, I will be documenting my Non-Profit establishment journey on this blog.

Direct Ask:  I am planning on starting a non-profit to assist those not considered within the “poverty” level, 100%-400% of income, that typically are required to get financial assistance for cancer treatment and bills.  I am asking for you to assist with start-up funding in the amount of $1.00, and NOTHING MORE.  Please submit via PayPal to buckoclown@aol.com and include a note with your name and e-mail address so that when I have established the non-profit, I can reach out for a documented contribution.  The other thing that you can do is to share this with your contacts to spread the word as far as possible.  This is an important issue and there are many that need assistance.

Longer Version:  I am a cancer survivor, as of 2/24/19, four months into my remission.  I have double-hit lymphoma, with 90% being standard large cell lymphoma, and 10% being a slower acting cancer but with a higher risk for recurrence.

I had the misfortune of having my symptoms present themselves while on vacation in Florida, and the resulting bill for my 25 day stay in the hospital (out of network) was more than we paid for our house (full disclosure, we paid $138,000 in 2001).

We were fortunate to have a GoFundMe campaign that helped with our travel expenses and insurance premiums until I could find a job and go back into the workforce (I had started my own consulting endeavor at the wrong time).  We are forever grateful to our friends and family to making that happen for us.  We had lots of people that were sending healing thoughts and prayers, and that really meant a lot to us.

However, I must admit, that one of the hardest things I ever did in my life was asking others for help.  That is just not part of my makeup, and it was extremely uncomfortable.  That is why I am feeling energized about this new journey to form a non-profit to assist those in the middle, making too much to get 100% assistance, but making not enough to afford the health care outright.  I have no problem approaching others, and organizations, for a cause that will help others.  Just in the last several weeks I have found out about others that fall into this middle no-man’s-land of having a cancer health care situation that has significant impact to their financial well-being.

Those that know me know that I am a man of my word, and integrity is number one for my core values. So here is my commitment to you, not only during this start-up funding phase, but for when the non-profit is established:  90% of all contributions will go toward directly helping others!  The remaining 10% will be used for administrative costs (5%) to set-up and maintain the non-profit, and for salaries (capped at 5%, full disclosure – first employee will be me).  That means that for me to cover my current medical costs, the non-profit will need to raise approximately $3,000,000.  And when that is covered, then any additional salary for me will go toward my anticipated future medical bills, as well as salary for those in other states that are willing to champion this endeavor.

Please submit $1.00 ONLY, via PayPal to buckoclown@aol.com and include a note with your name and e-mail address so that when I have established the non-profit, I can reach out for a documented contribution.  The other thing that you can do is to share this with your contacts to spread the word as far as possible.  This is an important issue and there are many that need assistance.

 

Bringing Light to the World

Vista PM ForumThank you to Vista Manufacturing for hosting our Renaissance Executive Forums – Project Management Forum meeting.  We learned about Vista’s markets, their strategic plan and initiatives, the Vista Difference and the associated project management processes to provide customer solutions.  We also had a one hour workshop regarding dealing with conflict and ways to resolve differences, including an exercise that demonstrated the power of problem solving and collaboration.  Our next meeting is in May.

If you would like information regarding the PM Forum, Vista Manufacturing, or the Conflict Resolution workshop, please contact me at PMCkenriches@gmail.com.

The Case for Project Management in Any Organization!

Why Should You Care?

management-and-the-triple-constraints

  • Behind every project is an idea, whether trying to improve efficiencies, increase
  • margins, or drive product development and innovation. Regardless of the benefits, organizations are using projects to achieve their business objectives.
  • Customer demands for new products and services almost always outstrip internal capacity to deliver. More than 30% of projects end up being cancelled in midstr
    eam and more than half of these projects typically run over budget and over the original time estimate.
  • Poorly managed projects may also result in poor quality, rework, and loss of reputation for the organization.
  • Project Management should be a core competency for any organization. Project Management can help you deliver the right products at the right time, resolve problems and issues, optimize the use of organizational resources, and manage change in a better manner.

The Pace of Change:  Due to the speed of change and market competition, every organization is required to adjust much faster today than in the past.  To do so,

organizations launch projects and expect them to deliver results.

What is Project Management?:  A managed approach to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the constraints of Scope, Time, and Cost.  Projects typically perturb the organization with respect to meeting daily ongoing operations.  Project Management identifies and resolves conflicts for competing resources and priorities.

 Value Proposition for Project Management:  Starts with the knowledge that it

takes time and effort to proactively manage a project.  This cost is more than made up for over the life of the project by being more predictable, practicing proactive scope management, effective problem resolution, and managing expectations more effectively.

Organizational Processes to be Defined and Developed:  Each organization has unique characteristics and their Product Roadmap and Project Life Cycle process will need to be developed based on the organizational structure, culture, customer requirements, and specific industry.  However, the project management processes and knowledge areas to effectively meet customer requirements in the completion of projects is a methodology that is universal across industries and organizations.

 

Project Management as a Core Competency:  My project management philosophy is designed to move your organization from utilizing “accidental” project managers to an organization that recognizes project management as a “core competency.”  Effective and efficient project management will be considered a strategic competency the organization.  This will add real value to business performance by tying project results to business goals, competing more effectively in their markets, and having the ability to respond to the impact of business environment changes.

The Case for Project Management in Any Organization!

management-and-the-triple-constraintsWhy Should You Care?

  • Behind every project is an idea, whether trying to improve efficiencies, increase margins, or drive product development and innovation. Regardless of the benefits, organizations are using projects to achieve their business objectives.
  • Customer demands for new products and services almost always outstrip internal capacity to deliver. More than 30% of projects end up being cancelled in midstream and more than half of these projects typically run over budget and over the original time estimate.
  • Poorly managed projects may also result in poor quality, rework, and loss of reputation for the organization.
  • Project Management should be a core competency for any organization. Project Management can help you deliver the right products at the right time, resolve problems and issues, optimize the use of organizational resources, and manage change in a better manner.

The Pace of Change:  Due to the speed of change and market competition, every organization is required to adjust much faster today than in the past.  To do so, organizations launch projects and expect them to deliver results.

What is Project Management?:  A managed approach to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the constraints of Scope, Time, and Cost.  Projects typically perturb the organization with respect to meeting daily ongoing operations.  Project Management identifies and resolves conflicts for competing resources and priorities.

 Value Proposition for Project Management:  Starts with the knowledge that it takes time and effort to proactively manage a project.  This cost is more than made up for over the life of the project by being more predictable, practicing proactive scope management, effective problem resolution, and managing expectations more effectively.

Organizational Processes to be Defined and Developed:  Each organization has unique characteristics and their Product Roadmap and Project Life Cycle process will need to be developed based on the organizational structure, culture, customer requirements, and specific industry.  However, the project management processes and knowledge areas to effectively meet customer requirements in the completion of projects is a methodology that is universal across industries and organizations.

Project Management as a Core Competency:  My project management philosophy is designed to move your organization from utilizing “accidental” project managers to an organization that recognizes project management as a “core competency.”  Effective and efficient project management will be considered a strategic competency the organization.  This will add real value to business performance by tying project results to business goals, competing more effectively in their markets, and having the ability to respond to the impact of business environment changes.