Transformation programs are poles apart from programs the business runs every day.
Last time your company ran a business-critical program, how did the management team organise to get the job done?
Did they choose an approach and implement it before the distinctiveness of the work was understood?
In the beginning, all that is known is the required result – and when it is needed. There are still huge understanding gaps about what’s involved – between senior management and the execution teams.
What’s never grasped precisely is this:
- What work needs to be done to convert targets into concrete results?
- How it will be done, specifically?
- Who will be involved?
- What functions?
- What 3rd Parties?
- New technologies and so on…
Planning any program is a critical piece of foundation building
Think about the program lifecycle in two main parts. The Program Definition Phase and The Execution Phase. They can be sub-divided of course and are in most businesses.
Naturally, it makes sense to put a team of people to run the Program Definition Phase. But this does not mean that team, that management system and that structure, is suitable for the wider Execution Phase. Not by a long shot.
Program organisations are often announced before the scope of a Program is really understood.
The Execution Phase is always a lot tougher than anyone imagined.
There are lots of unexpected bumps and twists in the road ahead that demand capabilities, experience and resource levels never previously thought about.
Strategy planning is normally carried out by a handful of people over a short period – sometimes just a few weeks. By contrast, execution of the strategy is played out over a much longer period, usually involving hundreds of people. But countless strategies are designed without taking into account the organisation’s ability to execute them. Specifically, struggling to focus on more than three or four critical issues at a time is very common.
You can’t just slap together an execution plan – the way it has always been done – and call it a day.
There are other ways.
Why not turn your back and deliberately walk away from worn-out execution approaches that are destined to crash?
Give your business-critical programs the best possible start in life.
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