Organizational Agility:  Adaptability vs Predictability

Organizational Agility: Adaptability vs Predictability

Adaptability is a very admirable quality – for both individuals and organizations.  However, both individuals and organizations LOVE predictability. We tend not to like surprises!  These two characteristics – adaptability and predictability – are opposites, both admirable and desirable, and yet there is certain friction between the two.  How do we find a balance between …

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Strategy Implementation in Businesses

Strategy Implementation in Businesses

Devising business strategies is complex – but much easier to do than implementing the strategy.  Strategy implementation in businesses entails addressing broad cross-organization issues – like organizational framework, culture, communications flow, and lines of responsibility.  This article explores a few of the key factors that can make or break the successful implementation of a business …

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Strategy Implementation in Government

Strategy Implementation in Government

In my opinion, government organizations are among the most complex – because they are driven by very specific yet often open-ended missions…where success may not be easily measured, where efficiency is a secondary objective, and where matrix organizations result in lines of authority and accountability that may not be so clear and consistent.  Responsible spending …

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Strategy Implementation on Programs

Strategy Implementation on Programs

Programs provide a ‘first front line’ for implementation of strategic objectives, as programs are by nature strategically defined and implement a subset of the strategy.  As such, programs can also provide a ‘laboratory’ for implementing strategic objectives – for getting strategy implementation right before implementing elsewhere. Programs also provide the bridge to strategy implementation on …

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Quality Measurement on Your Project:  Measuring Quality in Quantity

Quality Measurement on Your Project: Measuring Quality in Quantity

You know what you’re going to measure to determine quality…but you know that the product won’t be perfect the first time out.  You’re going to need a way to execute the measurement process multiple times – or at least enough to achieve a level of confidence that you have achieved the required level of quality. The …

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Include Environmental Sustainability in Your Project Risk Management

Include Environmental Sustainability in Your Project Risk Management

Ignoring the environment is perilous to the sustainment of any project or organization!  You need to keep the effect on the environment front and center! Issues such as commuting, parking, building, noise, light, energy usage, and waste management all are part of the environment effects to be considered.  If any one of these is not …

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Consider Social Sustainability in Your Project Risk Management

Consider Social Sustainability in Your Project Risk Management

Sustainability of an organization increasingly is dependent on managing social risks – that is in managing the organization’s relationship with its immediate and extended community.  Some factors to consider include attitude toward existing companies, employee relations, potential financial impact to the larger community, and possible supporting infrastructure required.  It is important to recognize the external …

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Ensure Financial Sustainability As Part of Your Project Risk Management

Ensure Financial Sustainability As Part of Your Project Risk Management

Sustainability, which is more often associated with environmental or other larger societal concerns, is often not associated with financial considerations, which is a complete show-stopper risk.  Public pressure tends to be in external-facing areas such as environmental, community planning, regional economic impact, and impact to local services. In fact, sometimes these considerations even come at …

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Support Operational Sustainability in Your Project Risk Management?

Support Operational Sustainability in Your Project Risk Management?

Project risks can affect operational sustainability in a business, yet sometimes these risks are not managed appropriately, if at all.  Identifying these operational sustainability risks can take some work, but it can be very worthwhile. Supplier disruption, relationship conflicts, operational strategy misalignment, and talent management miscues are just a few of the missteps that can …

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