The Offerings: Effectiveness

Project Phases

My consulting services are based on the three basic phases of a project, which are all essential for achieving effectiveness:

  • Analysis,
  • Concept and
  • Implementation.

Each of these phases is fundamental to bringing about real change. I offer to work together with you during all or also individual phases.

Analysis

The analysis phase encompasses the collection of existing competencies and structures as well as the creation of a common understanding of the need and urgency for change.

The structural analysis defines the main strengths and weaknesses of all elements of the business architecture.

The needs analysis clarifies goals and expectations of key stakeholders, the strategic framework, capturing the most pressing issues as well as first aspects of medium and long-term change potential. The chances and options above and beyond the pure necessity.

The result is an overview of the actual situation for all parties and components of the business architecture and their interrelationships … a base architecture.

Concept

During the concept phase, a review of strategic objectives is carried out, adapting them to your vision of the future. Objectives for the individual elements are then derived and necessary changes and redesigns of their interactions are identified.

The result is a new target architecture: an “ideal”. Its key messages are helpful guidelines, a leitmotif for your journey to success.

The superposition of base and target architecture lets us understand the need for change. Various options of the target architecture will be assessed according to the objectives. Agility, efficiency and effectiveness are fundamental principles that must be applied because also the target architecture developed here will never be final.

The foundation of the target blueprint is then carried out by the second main result of the concept phase: the implementation plan, based on feasibility in the given context as well as on validation of benefits, costs, and risks. Typically, new targets will not and must not be achieved in a single step, thus stages, milestones and tiered projects need to be identified.

The definition of a joint goal and vision can be an excellent opportunity to re-enforce the teaming. Which is of great advantage for the phase to come.

Implementation

As creative as the concept phase has been, the implementation phase is pragmatic and goal-oriented. Action driven. It is about delivering effective change, about control, coordination, as well as the facilitation of conflicts of interest. This includes the typical challenges in project and program management, like evaluation of implementation options, selection and control of internal and external resources as well as the measuring of the achievement of objectives, deadlines, budgets, and quality. It also means maintaining motivation and drive. It is also about disturbing daily business as little as possible.

Of course, as you gather knowledge during implementation, plans will need to adapt, possibly even the target architecture itself. But it is important to ensure that the overall objective, the leitmotif, is not lost out of sight. And beyond all action, with the sustainability of the change in mind, the investment will pay off even more.

The renewal of business architecture requires a joint effort from all parties involved, not abstract components, but people and groups working together. Ideally, they should participate right from the start of the analysis phase. With that approach, “change management” becomes unnecessary – as acceptance is built right into the project.

The result of this phase is the implementation of the plan, and the making of a more effective company.

Ways of Cooperation

The cooperation model can vary. I am available as

  • Individual advisor / sparring partner
  • Project support
  • Expert for the control of experts
  • Responsible program manager
  • Interim manager

Clients

My clients can be companies, public organisations or also project partnerships with other service or IT providers.

Contents

Ideally, a joint consideration of all 5 components of a business architecture is recommended:

  • Strategy
  • IT
  • Rules
  • Procedures
  • Organisation

However, an individual review of a single element is also possible.

From a brief situation analysis via moderating a concept workshop to the management of a large implementation program, many variants are possible – just contact me.

 

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