Is Organizational Friction Killing Your Firm’s Productivity?
Today’s business environment is competitive, fast paced and full of organizational congestion. We have specialists, technicians, analysts, controllers, planners, schedulers and researchers. There are functional teams in finance, programs, sales, engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance and human resources. The management challenge in this climate, though, is how to get all these groups – all these people – to work in unison like instruments in an orchestra. Depending on the way a business is run, the interaction between such diverse teams and people can result in organizational friction.
This white paper provides real examples of organizational friction that were found in large corporations. This paper will help you identify and understand the effects of this sort of friction within your business.
|Date:||October 31, 2015|
How Multigenerational Technology Planning Can Grow Your Business
Technology planning is the forward-looking, strategic exercise of evaluating current product offerings, the competition, and market trends. It seeks to provide the very complex answer to the very simple question: “Where should I invest today in order to create profitable products tomorrow?”
Multigenerational technology planning takes this basic concept further and implements a series of iterations over time, bridging the gaps between the desired technology and the present day standard. This white paper describes how one can create a multigenerational strategy that will results in sustainable technology growth for your business.
Demystify Project Estimating with These Three Steps
How many times have you heard “It’s going to take you how long?” when you present an estimate of time and effort for a given project? Preparing an estimate for a new business proposal can be complex and risky if not done correctly. Your customers will always seek faster and cheaper. At the same time, your estimate needs to be accurate enough to ensure your business can make money. Taking a highly conservative and risk adverse approach, you may simply price yourself out of the deal.
Ultimately the goal of any proposal is to win the business, and ensure that it is profitable. The key to bringing the extremes together is to use data to formulate an estimate that is comprehensive and thorough. This white paper outlines a simple three step strategy that will help project managers improve their estimating skills.