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When Is Your Project Ready to Go Live?

When Is Your Project Ready to Go Live?
By Harley Lovegrove

You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows, but give the same source data to a number of different weather forecasters and nine days out of ten – you’ll end up with differing predictions.

Assuming the above is true, then how can we rationally and safely know when a complex project is ready for go-live, especially if the decision to go or not to go, can have a major impact upon the business? I ask myself three questions:

  1. What is the problem we are solving?
  2. How will we know when it is solved?
  3. How will we measure it?

This is basically a dramatic over simplification of a business case – but they are the three questions that are most overlooked. Hence, early on, I build a slide deck that I will use at the very end of the project at go-live decision making time and again at the end of the evaluation phase. Read the Complete Article

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What is an Interim Manager?

What is an Interim Manager?
By Harley Lovegrove

I define an interim manager as someone who has been hired to carry out an assignment that lasts for a predefined length of time and that has a specific goal or target.

Although ‘Interim Manager’ is sometimes used to describe a manager who temporarily replaces a departmental head (during sick leave or a sabbatical for example), nowadays the term is used in a much broader context than before, especially when businesses do not want to publicly admit they have a serious problem by advertising for a crisis manager!

Typically Interim Managers are brought into companies to solve three main kinds of problems:

Recurring problems: problems that for some reason keep coming back, despite efforts to resolve them. (Common examples of these include quality, customer satisfaction, personnel issues, disappointing sales or financial results and cash flow difficulties).

Opportunistic problems: problems that require taking hard decisions: crossroad decisions where often there are only two or three options, each with its own complex or even undesired consequences. Read the Complete Article

Project overspend? Don’t worry about it

Project overspend? Don’t worry about it
By Harley Lovegrove

The Triple Constraint and why not to ignore the cost (even if your client does not mind).

Any project manager will tell you that the ‘triple constraint’ is the most important part of managing any kind of project. Namely: ‘Scope, Time and Budget’. This week, I have been mulling over the third constraint, budget. Why is it that so many large corporations, take their eye off the budget? For many large companies, over spending is not ‘welcome’ but it is not a serious misdemeanour either, especially if the over-spend has occurred ‘in-house’.

For whatever internal political reasons, it is still hard to come to terms with and understand how this comes about. Is it because so many companies have Hey Grade type rewarding systems? The kinds where staff are ranked and rewarded by the numbers of employees they have reporting to them, or indeed, how large their departmental budget is? Read the Complete Article

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