Simple Project Implementation
The following are two high level video introductions. The first introduces the overall SPI approach. The second zoom’s into the first of eight SPI phases which looks at how to ‘Define A Problem’.
Introduction to the 'Simple Project Implementation' (SPI) approach
Define The Problem Using The Simple Project Implementation Approach
Introduction to the 'Simple Project Implementation' (SPI) approachIntroduction to the 'Simple Project Implementation' (SPI) approach More details at: http://spi.projects.ie
Define The Problem Using The Simple Project Implementation ApproachDefine The Problem Using The Simple Project Implementation Approach More details at: http://spi.projects.ie
Extracts from the online lean learners course materials.
To maximise self sufficiency in a resource hungry micro or small enterprise requires a simple approach to simple project implementation for greater sustainable change for the better. How to blend and tailor existing known good project, innovation and quality management practices in a simple sustainable and repeatable approach is no easy task in small firms and cash strapped non-profit organisations.
Finding, focusing and financing the required knowledge, resources, technologies and expertise is often seen as a luxury only big business can afford. Small commercial and non-profit organisations with similar access to the much needed capability, capacity and competency of larger tech savvy competitors can if given the opportunity out perform their bigger competitors and go on to build a more robust, dynamic and agile competitive advantage.
Source: Simon Sinek – “Start With Why”
PURPOSE (the ‘Why?’):
The ‘Purpose’ is … to support better project implementation in small enterprise seeking to support better social and commercial success and outcomes.
The ‘Simple Project Implementation‘ (SPI) Approach
PROJECT APPROACH (the ‘How?’):
The ‘Approach’ utilises … a blended and tailored good practice approaches. Using a more simplified subset proven project, innovation and quality management methods, tools and techniques commonly employed by PMBoK, BABoK, Agile, Lean, Six Sigma, Lean & Frugal innovation practitioners.
PROJECT APPLICATIONS (the ‘What?’):
The potential ‘Applications’ … of such an ‘Approach’ for this ‘Purpose’ is within the context of resource hungry project implementations including:
- Start-up / Business / Organisation planning, development and growth
- Successions / Transition / Merger
- Process Improvement / Redesign / Re engineering
- Continuous Improvement / Operational Excellence
- Change / Transformation
- Brexit Strategic Preparation, Implementation and Readiness
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) / ISO9001 / ISO14001 / ISO27001 Strategic Preparation, Implementation, Validation & Compliance
- Rapid Results / Disruptive Innovation
- Business and Process Modelling
- Revenue Generation
- Digital Strategy & Marketing
- Cost, Waste, Variation & Defect Reduction
- Product, Process and Service Innovation & Design
- eCommerces Migration, Implementation and Deployment
- Feasibility, Research & Development
- Quality Management
- Lean, Agile, XP, Scrum or Six Sigma type projects …
VALUE CREATION (Outcomes):
Designed for resource, time or cash hungry small non-profits, social and commercial enterprises apply this simple structured good practice approach to support greater commercial or social ‘value creation’ and more sustainable outcomes. Potential benefits can include:
- Competitive Advantage
- Sales, Revenues, Turnover
- Margins, Profit
- Brand Awareness
- Channels To Markets
- Market Presents
- Customer Retention
- Customer Satisfaction, Experience, Expectations
- Problem Solution Fit
- Value Proposition
- Life Cycle
- Costs, Expenses
- Time To Market
- Time To Delivery
- Cycle Times
Simple Project Examples:
SPI can help to simplify complex projects into smaller byte size chunks. Complex topics including Brexit readiness and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparation are some example projects. Both Brexit (Also See: Breaking Brexit) and GDPR can be overwhelming for those with limited capability, capacity and competency available to focus, prioritise and sequence activities in a more iterative and agile approach.
Consider GDPR which is a simple small example of a big complex ‘Problem-Worth-Fixing’ when it comes to small time, resource and experience hungry small commercial, social and non-profit projects.
Charting the GDPR Course Ahead (Also See: GDPR or Bust!)
Academic Case Studies:
The ‘Simple Project Implementation’ (SPI) approach was designed and refined through academic research (See: How Can Innovation Work For Micro-Firms) and practical project deployments (See example ‘Case Studies’ below) which first began in 2013 and is still evolving to keep pace with new learning, experience and new emerging good practices.
As a technical project manager leading a ‘RibWorld’ team, we realised an new in-house manufacturing supply chain transportation and chilling service previously out-sourced. In comparison, the new frugal service realised an increase to 98% ‘Right-first-time’ conformance from 40%. Decreasing service cycle times from 14-30 days to 9-14 days. The daily in-take storage capacity for pallets increased from 120 of 3 product lines to 300 pallets of up to 15 product lines in effect doubling the initial in-house service capacity. As a result, the new service dramatically reduced waste from the supply chain and added substantive commercial value, cost savings and new potential revenue streams via an innovative new supply chain chilling and transportation service.
As a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt providing project management, support and coaching for management and cross functional teams, Brendon McLoughlin teamed with RibWorld to initiate a programme of LSS problem solving, defect reduction and process improvement projects. RibWorld is an Irish indigenous award winning cooked meats production facility in Fethard. By substantially decreasing defects in inventory data reporting across two departments, a dramatic accuracy improvement of ‘Planning & Forecasting’ systems could be achieved. The objective set by management was to reduce existing defects in stock level data reporting by more than 50% in preparation for the implementation of a new MRP system. The programme is on track to achieve a 95% reduction in stock level data reporting defects resulting in a bottom line estimated added value of in excess of €742k over a 5 year period.
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