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Project Management Articles

The project management articles section on the IPDI website features larger and more in-depth pieces than you’ll find in the Doug’s Rants and Quick Takes sections.

Team Autonomy vs. Common Process: Solving the Conflict

Despite the obvious conflict of interests between a common process and the team’s desire for autonomy, it is possible to find a middle ground. The methodology to achieve this middle ground is complex, but the rewards are worth it.

So You Think You Are NOT a Project Manager?

With so many companies looking for ways to get more products out the door faster as inexpensively as possible with the highest possible quality, organizations are looking to project management as a key successful factor to make this happen. Is your company meeting the challenge?

Purchasing and Supply Meet Project Management

So, managing the conflict inherent in cross-functional project work requires managing expectations and maintaining the high ground of doing what is in the best interest of the organization – not the function or the project. Strive constantly to build a common set of real facts to unearth and eliminate the sources of conflicting priorities.

Process Improvement or Process Re-arrangement: Will You Know Before It Is Too Late?

Doing traditional re-organization and process re-arrangement is fire fighting. A properly developed, well integrated product development process which produces the products customers want with an organization that supports the process will assure the company that they have truly achieved process improvement and not just accomplished process re-arrangement.

A New Way of Process Improvement

To effectively improve your company’s process you need to look at the basic laws of business. Just as their are undeniable laws of physics, there are undeniable laws of business which, if broken, yield catastrophic results.

Purchasing and Supply Meet Project Management

So, managing the conflict inherent in cross-functional project work requires managing expectations and maintaining the high ground of doing what is in the best interest of the organization – not the function or the project. Strive constantly to build a common set of real facts to unearth and eliminate the sources of conflicting priorities.

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Process Improvement or Process Re-arrangement: Will You Know Before It Is Too Late?

Doing traditional re-organization and process re-arrangement is fire fighting. A properly developed, well integrated product development process which produces the products customers want with an organization that supports the process will assure the company that they have truly achieved process improvement and not just accomplished process re-arrangement.

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