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Government Procurement Cycles Clashes With Speed of Technology

Technology product development and lifecycles are getting much shorter. Unfortunately, the current process for most government funding approvals and procurement cycles have been used for decades. Combined, legislation funding approval,...

Lessons Learned #3: The Difference Between Business Rules and Business Process

Using the same playbook for strategy is not working for most companies, because the pace of change and is so rapid, and competition is constantly evolving. To understand what is...

Turbo Charge Your Project Decision Making Process

Research suggests that we make around 35,000 decisions every day, ranging from the mundane (what shoes to wear) through to potentially life-altering situations. Successful project management relies upon efficient and agile-structured decisions in a timely fashion. Within project management, this would be the “Decision Making” area benchmark. This area addresses the ability to intake, categorize, and affect decisions in a risk-managed way to ensure that the initiative’s execution will not be delayed by decision-making processes. There is a significant variance in the way decisions are made in each of the internal stakeholder operating units. Sometimes taking a methodical approach to decision making can be in direct conflict with the decision-making practices of a project life cycle, and with how other operating units make decisions. The decision-making process represents a significant vulnerability to the initiative, and might affect the amount of time which may be needed to execute decisions. Red Flags in Decision Making Process Decision-making process is not clear within operations. Decisions are made without the benefit of impact analysis. No formalized process to gather business team and technical team input regarding the impact to workload and schedules. Difficulty in reaching consensus on practice changes, which leads to last minute system changes. Ambiguity in decisions can trigger uncertainty regarding why and how decisions are made. Decision making pertaining to workload priorities, which might require a shift during the project have a clear chain of authority. Recommendations For Better Decision Making Teams which historically worked in an autonomous model for decision making regarding operations and technology need to be streamlined to a consensus model. The Project team may require training on the decision-making processes used within the context of consensus project delivery. Use impact and options analysis and a collaborative process to make decisions regarding changes. It is recommended that one creates a communication plan when key IT decisions are made, providing some context around the decision and ensuring that all staff receives the same intended message regarding the decision. Throughout the project, recognize the need to scale back on special requests and work outside of the required workload. This will free up time to make timely decisions and course corrections on the Project. Leadership will determine which projects and work take priority. Summary Projects encounter different experiences and biases, time constraints and pressures on various team members. With collaborative projects, we cannot avoid making decisions. Effective project management must rely on individuals and teams making informed decisions on a regular basis via a streamlined consensus model, or team members may suffer from decision fatigue!

Every American Should Receive New Social Security Numbers

With the breaking news of the Equifax cyberattack, approximately 50% of all Americans have had their social security numbers stolen. It’s time for each one of us to get issued...

M Corp’s Providing Data Architecture Services for the Department of Finance-FI$Cal Project

M Corp has been awarded the RFO for Department of Finance, FI$Cal Project, for Data Architecture Services. FI$Cal is California’s major effort to modernize and reengineer the financial business operations of...

Executive Sponsorship Track at Project Delivery Summit in June

M Corp is an anchor sponsor of Public Sector Partners’ Project Delivery Summit 2014, an all-day conference to connect with and educate state employees who oversee and participate in state information...

State Lands Commission Hires M Corp for Software Solution Project with a Far-Reaching Effect

M Corp is providing procurement support for the California State Lands Commission by defining the scope of work and requirements for a lease-management software solution. The State Lands Commission provides stewardship...

M Corp hires industry veteran as Chief Operating Officer, establishes titles for founding partners

M Corp, one of the nation’s fastest-growing IT firms, has announced major changes to its executive team with the hiring of a chief operating officer and establishing defined roles for the...

State of Texas Contract: ITSAC

The Texas Department of Information Resources (Texas DIR) offers Information Technology Staffing Augmentation Contracts (ITSAC) to Texas governmental and public educational entities through DIR’s Cooperative Contracts Program. The Cooperative Contracts...

Partner Hung Lee Takes Success In Stride

M Corp has come a long way from a garage, where founding partners Alex Castro, Chuck Czajkowski and Hung Lee were surrounded by tools and trimmers. Now, the company is...