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The Cart Before the Project System

The Cart Before the Project System

“Great to finally meet, Niall, I’m Tom.” This was the last of my three interviews for a Project Control Manager position at a well-known energy company. It also proved the most interesting, as Tom was the outgoing Project Control Manager.

We have a Finance System. Why do we need a Project System?

We have a Finance System. Why do we need a Project System?

Crash! I had just gotten in from a frustrating day at work. Crash!  Again, definitely coming from Paul’s house. I ran over to his house just in time to see him deliberately drive his car into the back wall of his garage for apparently the third time. Crash!  When I drew level on the driver’s side I asked, What on earth are you doing?” He replied, I just got this car and I wasn’t able to close the garage door. The car is too long. So!

Technology can’t follow Organizational Design. It Enables it.

Technology can’t follow Organizational Design. It Enables it.

By organizational design I mean the very important activity of analyzing and tweaking teamstructures, processes, and management reporting. Leaders embark on these dangerous but high-impact initiatives to capture new opportunities, to mitigate emerging risks or simply to take slack out of the existing system.