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- DescriptionWhy can't most organizations seem to get project, portfolio and program management off the ground, despite all the books that are written these governance disciplines? Is there something you can do to make your organization one of those that do live up to expectations? Actually, the best practice books are right ... in the long-term; it's the initial approach that's often wrong. You can't cure a patient by administering an overdose. Right medicine, wrong treatment. Best practices are where you aspire to get, t where you start out. But how do you get organized eugh to start thinking about best practices? Welcome to Let It Simmer, a step-by-step guide to implementing governance practices using The Simmer System SM. Dr. Douglas Brown developed the system during 20-plus years as a PMO Director and as a consultant in both public and private sectors, helping organizations set these management disciplines up or get them back on track. Introducing governance is a big change. People are always concerned about how change will impact them, and many senior managers see the arrival of management discipline as an attack on their freedom of action. The Simmer System shows you how to make this change happen with a minimum of conflict by helping your colleagues collaborate to help themselves, rather than attacking you for trying to make them do it. Let It Simmer explains how to implement the components, illustrates them with numerous case studies, and provides practical exercises that show you how to implement the system in your own organization (or your client's). The components are: -Four core principles of integration, transparency, integrity and purposeful service that will keep you on track when things get murky (and they will). -Seven lists of data you can gather that set the stage for collaborative actions without sending up red flags. -How to attain and keep top-level support, and what to do if you don't get it. This is the most essential task in determining the usefulness and staying power of your initiative (which in a process-averse organization is quite possible, at least at first). -Eight collaborative activities to bring your peer managers into the governance world by solving their problems. -How to identify the real decision-maker (i.e., a board or an individual), and how they can operate transparently without losing their automy. Implementing organizational change doesn't mean you need loads of experience. Sometimes too much experience makes you part of the problem. You may get handed the role because the organization wants a fresh face with invative ideas, and you're the right person for the job. This step-by-step guide provides you the opportunity to achieve a dramatic transformation that lasts - but without pushing so hard that the organization decides to get rid of it instead. In less time that you might expect, your fellow leaders will have started adopting sound management practices and your organization will be ticeably more cohesive, collaborative and productive. You'll be amazed at how much gets done once it's t all about you. A word from Douglas Brown: People have asked, What's with title, The Simmer System? For instance, tough meat needs to cook over low heat to soften gristle and melt the fat. Cook your food over very high heat and you'll burn it. Turn the heat down to very low and it just sits there. I'm sharing the many lessons I've learned so you don't have to go through the aggravation of determining which correct temperature to use. I teach you how to simmer your programs, and end up with a well-run organization.
- Author BiographyDouglas Brown envisions a world where people have the right resources at the right time so they are freed up to use their creativity and expertise to achieve remarkable things in their businesses and organizations. Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. from The American University. In over 20 years as an internal manager and a consultant working with private sector and government organizations to install, restart or repair business processes, some of his more memorable experiences include: - Found private sector alternatives for providing decent, affordable housing in high cost urban areas and extremely remote areas. - Developed the plan to convert a nuclear waste facility into a wildlife refuge ... in a major city. - Set up PPFMOs to help a major insurance company transition to financial services; to help a company bring to market a laser-based alternative to mammograms; to help a major IT company and a major telecommunications company manage the build-out of global infrastructures; and to help a biotechnology firm beat its competitors to market. - Led a project team building a State-certified electronic voting machine. - Helped set up PPFM functions (both IT-based and operational, the IT cases often including enterprise architecture) in eight Federal agencies. His business analyses saved millions of dollars by creating alternative ways of delivering results and by bringing runaway projects and contracts under control. Notable contributions included designing the economic model for military base closures, and replacing the ineffective Superfund process with a results-based approach. Douglas is currently the Managing Member of Decision Integration LLC (www.decisionintegration.com), a personal consultancy. His short-duration, high-intensity workshops have resulted in raid completion of plans and resolution of problems in several Federal agencies and commercial companies. The son of an international businessman and diplomat, he lived in and visited many places around the world. As he loves to travel, he was fortunate that his assignments as an Army officer included Panama and Germany as well as Asian and Central American countries. Douglas lives with his wife Lynn in Alexandria, Virginia, where they enjoy good cuisine and the Washington cultural amenities, especially live theater. Other than working, when not walking their dogs or preparing more books, articles and presentations, he spends too much money and not enough time on his boat, Bugbear.
- Author(s)Douglas M Brown
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication22/03/2016
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectManagement & Business: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight535 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edited byMary Jo Stresky
- Illustrator(s)Joni McPherson
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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