MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

 

Diamond Leadership – Optimized Capabilities

by MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

Effectively establishing and leading creative individuals, diverse teams and unique talents is critical to optimize the success of Enterprise performance. Yet, best practices DIAMOND LEADERSHIP = OPTIMIZED CAPABILITIESProject, Program and Portfolio Management (PM) require disciplined and structured orchestration, leading by means of clever maneuvering of the team of experts, to optimize their efficiency and proficiency.

These two seemingly opposing paradigms are in fact, effectively and successfully synchronized and integrated by continuously applying DIAMOND DYNAMICS®.

Organizations and enterprises identify their required, unique talents and skills to perform their critical functions, activities and tasks; and subsequently recruit and select the various individuals and/or teams. When performance does not meet expectations, it is typically not a competency issue…, the human resources are not incompetent, I have never seen a job ad that says: “Incompetents Please Apply”! Performance problems arise when individual or team capabilities are frustrated, human resources do not have the opportunity to perform optimally! Learn More »

Energizing and Engaging Your Team of Stakeholders

by MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

It is appropriate that you expect optimum results from the assets invested in your strategic project and program initiatives. These initiatives must meet or exceed planned budget ENERGIZING AND ENGAGING YOUR TEAM OF STAKEHOLDERSand schedule expectations, as well as produce high quality products and provide superior service for your clients.

To ensure optimum performance, your team of stakeholders must therefore be fully and competently engaged throughout the lifecycle of the project or program.  As Project Managers, you must energize all stakeholders, including end-users, functional managers, senior management, implementation team members, vendors, etc., to optimally perform their required functions and continuously contribute effectively, to project and program success.

Many believe that motivational techniques are dependent upon the type of project team and may argue:

  • “IT-Project teams require continuous exposure to state-of-the-art technology to sustain their motivation”,
  • “Engineering Teams require access to detailed and unambiguous specifications to sustain their performance”,
  • “Sales Teams require continuous information about the revenue impact to maintain their interest”,
  • And the list goes on…

I do not disagree that motivating techniques responding to these drivers may actually motivate a team… but I submit they motivate only in the short-run!

Psychologists agree that humans are energized and gratified when they provide beneficial services, and recognize that their services are critical to the overall well being of a person or organization. This feeling of self-worth promotes and sustains optimum performance. Clinical studies have even attested to improved health in persons engaged in helping or providing worthwhile services to others!

Projects and programs are the vehicle to provide beneficial products and services to enterprises and individuals, and the project stakeholders are the critical catalyst or component. Your motivational techniques must capitalize on this paradigm and address the following two important areas to optimize and sustain high performance from all stakeholders, throughout the lifecycle of your project or program: Learn More »

Diamond Leadership: Optimized Capabilities

by MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

Effectively establishing and leading creative individuals, diverse teams and unique talents is critical to optimize the success of Enterprise performance. Yet, best practices Project, PERFORMANCE DIAMOND®: KNOWLEDGEProgram and Portfolio Management (PM) require disciplined and structured orchestration… leading by means of clever maneuvering of the team of experts… to optimize their efficiency and proficiency.

These two seemingly opposing paradigms are in fact, effectively and successfully synchronized and integrated by continuously applying DIAMOND DYNAMICS®.

Organizations and enterprises identify their required, unique talents and skills to perform their critical functions, activities and tasks; and subsequently recruit and select the various individuals and/or teams. When performance does not meet expectations, it is typically not a competency issue….the human resources are not incompetent….I have never seen a job ad that says: “Incompetents Please Apply”!… Performance problems arise when individual or team capabilities are frustrated… human resources do not have the opportunity to perform optimally!

DIAMOND DYNAMICS® is the leadership difference. Optimize individual and team capabilities and performance, by optimizing the critical facets of the PERFORMANCE DIAMOND®: KNOWLEDGE, PROCESS, TECHNOLOGY AND PROFESSIONALISM. Learn More »

Innovate Using PM Tools and Techniques

by MaryGrace Allenchey, PMP

Project, Program and Portfolio Management… aka: PM… processes, procedures, tools and techniques are not just for implementation anymore!

Organizations are already increasingly recognizing the value of PROJECT, PROGRAM AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT (PM) to effectively manage enterprise resources, and successfully complete mission-critical projects to attain enterprise strategic objectives.

But more and more entrepreneurial Enterprises are embracing and acknowledging the value of PM best practices to facilitate selection of the mission-critical initiatives required to improve overall performance of the Enterprise; as well as to effectively deliver critical products and services.

Recall the Enterprise Pyramid™…at the top level are the ENTERPRISE STRATEGIC GOALS, below that level are the CORPORATE INITIATIVES, below that level are ORGANIZATIONAL FUNCTIONS and finally at the lowest level, TACTICAL OPERATIONS.

Enterprise Pyramid™

Best Practices PM processes, procedures, tools and techniques can actually facilitate identification and selection of the STRATEGIC GOALS to pursue; as well as define the required CORPORATE INITIATIVES that must be implemented, and the CRITICAL DELIVERABLES that must be deployed!

Using PM-techniques, conduct a brainstorming sessions with Enterprise management and other key stakeholders, to create and produce the PM Deliverables Diagram for the primary deliverable: “IMPROVED ENTERPRISE PERFORMANCE”. Learn More »

 
 
 
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