Transformational Change

PofE 091: A Structured Approach To Transformational Change

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IT or Business transformation calls for a structured approach with a 5 step framework:

  • Strategy
  • Value Capture
  • Capabilities
  • Company Culture
  • Road Map

 

No matter how small any business starts out, ultimately, it will need to transform in order to keep up with a competitive environment. Whether your business approach changes as a result of your customer base, expectations, or the growth of your labor force, it is important to take the right approach in order to shape every aspect of the transformation process.

The Mentality Behind Change

To change in a way that can capture the essence of your business approach, one of the most important things to do is think about doing it in a way that can prepare you for the transformation. Think of it in terms of metamorphosis where a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. You are taking an existing model and turning it into something even more incredible and beneficial.

Portfolio Strategies

PSGS 033: Expert Interview with Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez Awarded The Prestigious Thinkers50

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Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the world’s leading champion of project management and strategy implementation.

Antonio Nieto-RodriguezBorn in Madrid, Spain, and educated in Germany, Mexico, Italy and the United States, Antonio is an Economists and has an MBA from London Business School, currently pursuing a PhD in Strategy and is fluent in five languages.

He is the creator of concepts such as the Hierarchy of Purpose, or the Project Manifesto; which argues that projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your career or relationships.

 

Antonio has been recently awarded the title of Thinker of the Month by the prestigious Thinkers50, who identifies the most influential management thinkers in the world, including Michael Porter, Clayton Christensen, Rita McGrath.

 

He is the author of the best-selling book “The Focused Organization

HBR Article:         How to Prioritize Your Company’s Projects

Thinkers50:         thinkers50.com/thinker-of-the-month-archives

Website & Book:  www.antonionietorodriguez.com

LinkedIn & Blog:  be.linkedin.com/in/antonionietorodriguez

Twitter:               @ANietoRodriguez

Youtube:             The Strategy Execution Channel by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez 

Think Tank:         StrateXecution 

Program Leadership

PSGS 032: Expert Interview on Leadership in PMOs with Dr. Bojeun

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Today we have with us Dr. Mark C. Bojeun.

Dr. Bojeun holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Strayer University, an MBA from George Mason University, and has a PhD in Organizational Management. He is one of a small number of people in the world to hold certifications as a Program Management Professional (PgMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI). In addition, he holds a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) in .NET and ITIL.

He has been responsible for teams of over 100 individuals and has managed contracts in excess of $50 million. He has also taught hundreds of students in program, project and risk management as both a professional instructor and adjunct professor at George Mason University, Strayer University, Mississippi University for Women and Ashford University. Finally, he's the author of the book, "Program Management Leadership: Creating Successful Team Dynamics."

 

Culture

PofE 090: Are Business Applications Popping Up In Your Environment?

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Weeds often pop up in someone’s yard while they’re away, and unfamiliar applications and software often do the same in technological environments.

5 Things to Think About When Applications Are Popping Up

Sometimes businesses purchase databases, technical solutions, or software without first talking to the IT department or technology group. When this happens, the technology introduced into the environment may not fit with the current architectural plan the organization has in mind. Before a company makes the decision to implement new technology, there are five steps that should first be taken.

Portfolio Management

PofE 089: Scoring Pains: Should You Use Business Drivers or Business Outcomes To Score Your Projects?

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Business Drivers are any important part of a business such has cost, capital expenditures, marketing, custom support or superior products, etc… They are Touch Points that influence an organization's value.

Business Outcomes are items that the customer deems important and that address the customer pain points or an opportunity to enhance the customer's perspective. Think Customer Focus, Getting the Customer's Journey and Experience Right.

 

Learn how business outcomes and business drivers can be applied to score the success of your business.

As technology continues to advance, business owners must be prepared to stay one step ahead of their competitors and the expectations of their customers. To gauge the success of a business, a capable portfolio manager can apply a number of metrics to determine how much of an effect a certain program or project is going to have on the company as a whole. Though both of the following metrics may apply in different ways, utilizing them both is one of the most powerful ways to shape the business approach and provide your end users with the products and services they are looking for.

 

Portfolio Management

PofE 088: Are You More Like A Project or Portfolio Manager?

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Project Managers are like a Music Conductor of a small ensemble – they coordinate with all the players to deliver a solid performance.

Portfolio Manager are like a NFL Scout – Reviewing, finding and selecting the right mix of players to give the team a winning chance to make it to the Super Bowl.

Check out this training session to learn how.

PPM Training

What is your approach to your portfolio? Depending on your mindset, you may be more adept at certain management tasks over others.

The way a business owner approaches their options can make a tremendous difference in the long-term. Gerald Leonard describes two specific mindsets when it comes to pursuing the perfect structure for your business approach. He lists them as portfolio managers and project managers. Both of these roles can have different results, but ultimately it is through the union between the two that professionals are able to achieve the most. By understanding the differences in these two mindsets, anybody has the opportunity to succeed and achieve more.

 

Strategy

PofE 087: How To Use A Strategy Scoring Matrix

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Whether you have a small or large business, you're making investments to develop new products or services to accomplish your goals and objectives. Learning to use the Strategy Scoring Matrix can help you determine where you should allocate your limited resources of time and money while generating the greatest return on your investments.

Overview of the Strategy Scoring Matrix

The Strategy Scoring Matrix is an easy-to-use tool for small or large businesses to score their projects and determine the value of investing limited resources. The process helps to manage those limited resources. The matrix discussed here focuses on six items and can be adapted to fit your business.

Portfolio Strategies

PSGS 031: Project Portfolio Management in Theory and Practice

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Jamal B&W

Jamal Moustafaev, MBA, PMP – is the President and Founder of ThinkTank Consulting, is an internationally acclaimed expert and speaker in the areas of project/portfolio management, scope definition, process improvement and corporate training. Jamal Moustafaev has done work for private-sector companies and government organizations in Canada, the U.S., Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

 
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Culture

PofE086: 11 Most Common Workplace Culture Mistakes

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Even in the best of circumstances, there are pitfalls and mistakes people and organizations make when attempting to develop a culture that works. In this video, I'll discuss the top 11 common workplace culture mistakes that companies make when implementing a culture change in their organization.

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 When running a business, you need to ensure your business culture fits your company's ideals. Be sure to avoid these 11 common workplace culture mistakes.

Workplace culture is a very important aspect when it comes to running a successful company. Your responsibility is to develop and establish the kind of culture that will best fit your business ideas. Don't let these common mistakes inhibit you from creating a thriving workplace culture.