Archive for August, 2014

Visual Management of Projects and Processes

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

I’ve had something of an epiphany over the last 12 months or so, and now find myself selling software – something I would never have done before.  The software is Targetprocess, which enables any organisation to visually manage its projects and processes.  Let me explain why I changed my mind.

Effective management is all about getting people to do the right things in the right way, and I’ve always been sceptical of suggestions that a particular process or software package is a solution to a management problem.  Yes, in working with clients we use processes (even PRINCE2 sometimes!) and software tools of course, but at the end of the day it is the people that deliver the outcome for the organisation.  Project management software tools can be cumbersome for managers to use, requiring a level of expertise and a control structure that is simply not appropriate for many organisations.  Tools and processes can become an end in themselves, detracting from an organisation’s core activities.

Clients frequently ask us to recommend a software solution that will enable them to ‘get organised’, or make it easy to manage the vast range of projects and other initiatives that organisations often seem to find themselves with.  We never have done – effective organisation and control is really about having the right management ‘mind-set’ and culture in place, and we’d never found a software tool which would add value in any real sense.

A year or so ago we came across Targetprocess.  The ease of use of the tool and its flexibility surprised us – it was quickly adopted by people with no project management background and in organisations with very little in the way of a formal project controls.  Whilst management culture is still fundamental to success, Targetprocess reinforces good practice and provides a means by which everyone involved, from staff doing the work to senior management monitoring performance, can easily see what they need to see.  Targetprocess enables people to work together collaboratively to improve outcomes – it could perhaps even be that ‘silver bullet’ that we’ve been looking for.

To find out more download our brochure Visual Management.

And go to the Targetprocess website.

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