Process Part 2: Methodology Overview and Planning
As one moves from ad hoc management of projects
steeped in blame and politics to better methods,
organizations have slowly shifted blame from people to
stabilized, but defective processes. This is a
When everyone develops products using their own
unique method, then excellence lies in the hands of a
selected few, with others to blame, and no way to improve, other than to weed out the "genetically
defective." Improvements to a process take
hold only for those few utilizing the same methods.
By consolidating best practices into organized,
stable processes, then defects in development are seen
as caused by process defects rather than people
defects. Because standardized methods are used,
often simple changes to the methods can result in
sweeping, organization-wide continuous (or even
breakthrough) improvements. This is a much
better return on quality improvement dollars.
But how does one do this? Clearly the
"engine" that targets, analyzes, builds, and
deploys processes is a process in and of itself.
This 4 part program shows a methodology that can be
used to build this engine and improve how you do
This four-part series describes not only process concepts, but also a complete process
methodology and management infrastructure, including deployment in the IT industry and other industries.
This WEBinar shows a Process
Management Methodology, both in overview form and
detail of the first phase, process planning.
Roles and responsibilities of the Process Management
Team and Standards committee are discussed, including
major activities. A 4-step method for the first phase,
process planning, is described, including team
formation, inventorying, defining, and mapping
processes, and prioritizing those that need
"Letting your customers set your standards is a dangerous game, because the race to the bottom is pretty easy to win. Setting your own standards--and living up to them--is a better way to profit. Not to mention a better way to make your day worth all the effort you put into it."
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