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PROJECT DEFINITION
 
 
Business process reengineering is a management approach aimed at making radical improvements by means of increasing the effectiveness of the processes that exist within and across organizations. The key is for businesses to look at their business processes from a ‘clean slate’ perspective and determine how they can best construct these processes to improve how they conduct business. It includes affecting change within in an organization in a major way, so ideally it will look at all aspects of the business. It often includes implementing new technology, but it will always include organizational change and often fosters the need for a new organizational design.

Advanced Strategies uses business process modeling ( with data flow diagramming) to describe, analyze, and document current business processes. We create with the business users an intuitive, non-technical model representing their perspective of how the business is conducted. Then a staged approach is taken to strip the model down to the bare essential processes to help the users ‘let go’ of
legacy practices and brainstorm and research for new opportunities and methods. The process model is then rebuilt to represent a desired, future state.

To affect the Organizational change, a five step approach is used to specify the business strategy and vision, identify the work needed to achieve the vision, configure the work into organization roles, develop the design, and plan the transformation. This methodology works whether re-designing an existing organization or building a brand new one.

When properly constructed and used, a project definition minimizes project failures from the following causes:

  • Resistant users
  • Lost Sponsorship
  • Ill defined scope
  • Project Managers not understanding users’ needs
  • Not enough solid business support

Course Outcomes:
In this course each element of a project definition is defined and analyzed. Students will learn to recognize stakeholders, use focus statements to remove irrelevant activities from a project, and state project intentions as expected business results. They will discover the values that govern decisions and learn how to prioritize them when trade-offs need to be made. The identification and documentation of issues, assumptions, risks, constraints and other critical project considerations is also discussed.

Students of Advanced Strategies' Project Definition course will return to work understanding:

  1. How to construct a project definition that garners stakeholder commitment.
  2. How to use a project definition to drive towards success.
  3. How to evaluate a project’s level of success

Who Should Attend:
This course is targeted for anyone leading, sponsoring or working on a project team.

Course Duration:
Three Days

Class Availability: Request It Now!

Materials Provided:
Student Workbook including Sample Project Definitions and Refresher Card

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