Govern your projects outside the office silos

If there is one thing we have learned the last couple of years, or at least been told multiple times, it is that we have to get our businesses units out of their silos and work integrated and collaboratively across the organisation. Cross organisational processes are an impending necessity to achieve good governance of product quality and efficiency. If we don’t we will lose to our competitors because they do it! If this is unclear, you probably should take a look at Ross&Wiell: Enterprise Architecture as a Strategy, LEAN, the business process management fundamentals and a firm look at Michael Porters value chain.

To a lot of organisations the organising of work in projects would seem as a natural extension of the integrated business meme. And most project management literature would also argue that setting up a project is an effective method to achieve a goal when the tasks and complexity reach beyond of the business unit.

However it is not everyone who recognizes this reflection of Enterprise Architecture in their businesses and still have their businesses buried deep into the trenches of silo thinking. How can these companies spot their silo-mindedness? It is quite easy, for each product they produce they will tend to have a project in each department throughout the value chain. And if that is true, they will be in great risk of suffering from coordination issues and loss of predictability. Information has difficulties in traversing though the organisation and to compare and manage the organisation production cost is difficult. Margin is something read in the annual report rather than predicted and managed in advance. The production will suffer from breakdown through the value chain and the customer will experience late announcements and bad service.

How can you fix it? It is not easy. Too a lot of businesses the journey towards a higher level of maturity in Business Architecture is difficult and it suffers from a lot of setbacks. One question that might indicate the level of challenge: How well are you running your QA system? Not so good? Then here are a few tips to get your projects organisation kicked in the right direction.

1. Projects are supposed to span as much of the value chain as possible, preferably it is initiated in the sales department by a sale or prospect of a sale and closure of the project when it is delivered. Which in turn means that 2. It goes through all departments, or at least as many as possible. 3. Project management is a career independent of department and should be carried out across business units and it forms the managing of processes in the enterprise architecture sense. 4. When a project span across the value chain it should be staffed with people from the whole value chain and the staff can of course change during the project. Even the project manager can be changed during execution, however not the whole staff at once. 5. The projects have a prospect return so they have a very real cost limit and not a blurred number for each department.

I know it is not easy, but it should get you started.

Getting it right for the audience

Yes, I know! I have promised it a lot of times:  ”Now I’ll remember the blog”, “I’ll post something useful and interesting”… I thought I was going to tell the word of the horrors from writing a master thesis, but all of a sudden I was too busy. I also thought I would write about the results from my master thesis, but as you might have guessed: it is very difficult to pick something out of context from such a dense content.

Well I hope this time will be different. I’m going to try to share my thoughts from work and use this blog as a catalyst for me to learn from my experiences.

You might have noticed, if you are a returning visitor, that the theme has changed as well as the language. First I’m struggling to find the correct language. I’d rather not write in Danish because the blog then loses relevance to where I live. It is still a bit time-consuming to write longer texts in Norwegian (yes I’m still at that level, it’s only been a year) and to reach a bigger audience (which I hope will be justified by the upcoming content) I choose to write in English.

Well there we go, I’m back on the blog. Next step: Write about “Expand and raise your projects to escape the silo trap“.

See you soon.

Et par blogposter der er værd at læse

Her er et par blogposter der er værd at læse. De handler om hvordan et internationalt pyramidespil om chokolade (ja du læste rigtigt!) gebærder sig i Norge. Det trykker vældig på din retfærdighedsblære. Lidt respekt her fra til reposterne og jeg bidrager gerne med lidt google link cred.

Må vel næsten oprette en kategori til denne der hedder absurd.

Xocai – en stygg historie om norsk sjokolademafia

Xocai, en sunn sjokolade? Er det helse i hver bit?

30 punkter du bør undersøke før du starter som Xocai distributør

 

1½ uges review af Nokia Lumia 800

Nu har jeg haft telefonen i godt 1½ uge og vil dele lidt tanker om telefonen.

Windows Phone 7.5

Først og fremmest vil jeg sige, at WP7 er udviklende platform. Det har kun været på markedet i lidt over et år og der er derfor funktioner som endnu ikke findes i WP7. Jeg mangler f.eks. understøttelse af den fulde gruppe af Exchange Active Sync (EAS) sikkerhedspolitikker. Arbejder du f.eks. i en bank, vil det nok være et problem, men har du mindre krav til sikkerheden for din mail, ja så er det ikke noget problem. Men det ikke kun på en petitesse som Exchange opsætningen, at platformen endnu ikke helt er moden. Går man f.eks. ind i opsætningen af telefonen, er der mange indstillinger man normalt ville kunne forvente, som endnu ikke er tilgængelig. Men selvom platformen er ”work-in-progress”, har MS været dygtige til at prioritere, så jeg endnu ikke (udover exchange problemet) været udsat for direkte nødvendige mangler jeg har ment er afgørende. De har f.eks. være smarte nok til at inkludere copy paste funktionen fra starten.

Byggekvaliteten

Byggekvaliteten er god, det er næsten som gode de gamle Nokia telefoner. Dog er den lavet i plastic, så lidt mere som 3310 og den slags end de nyere telefoner der lavet i metal, dog stadig en solid og helstøbt plastic. Den føles solid og designet virker sådan nogenlunde gennemtænkt. De har fået har fået en del peber for at gemme USB porten bag en lille plastic klap, hvilket jeg ikke helt forstår. Det giver telefonen en ”lukkethed” som nok beskytter med støv osv. Højtaleren er som man kan læse mange steder, ikke alt for god. Man har ikke rigtig lyst til, at spille musik direkte fra telefonen, men til de daglige nødvendigheder såsom ringetone, alarm og dets lige, er den fin nok. Jeg frygter at skærmen er lidt udsat i den fremskudte position på telefonen, men det må tiden vidst vise. Jeg har desværre allerede fået et par ridser i Gorilla glas skærmen. Men designet er lækkert, den ligger godt i hånden og det er rigtig fint der også er en bumper med. Den holder også de rystende knapper på plads så de ikke larmer så meget.

Batteri

Jeg havde en stor frygt at telefonen slet ikke kunne komme igennem en arbejdsdag på en opladning. Men efter et par chargecycles kan telefonen godt holde strøm til en hel dag. Det har selvfølgelig også hjulpet, at jeg har vænnet mig mere til telefonen, så jeg ikke hvert femte sekund skal checke Twitter, Facebook eller nyhederne på telefonen. Og den kommer igennem dagen selv med Wifi slået til og 2 Exchange mail konti med Push notifikation slået til.

 

Mine exchange problemer – ikke understøttede EAS policies som mit arbejde kræver

Der er en Paul Thurrot som har været så flink, at blogge om mine problemer med Exchange og WP7: http://windowsphonesecrets.com/2010/12/10/windows-phone-7-and-exchange-active-sync/

Ja det ser vidst ud til, at det er manglende understøttelse af hardware kryptering der skaber problemet, men det er et skud fra hoften.

Microsoft har også en Technet artikel som, Paul også linker til: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/exchange-activesync-considerations-when-using-windows-phone-7-clients.aspx

Håber snart de skubber en opdatering på dette ud.