Monthly Archives: February 2015

If you’re a follower of my blog, you’ll know that I’ve written quite a bit on the topic of execution – that the lever for improving project performance is found in the execution phase and processes of the project. Actually, there are 12 levers to improve project performance, but they have to be pulled in order. There’s an execution process maturity. You can’t do some things until you do others.

There are a lot of moving parts, people and processes. Your projects may not be planned properly. Your communication may not be very good. Your resources might not be as productive as they could be. Maybe there are no standardized processes, and everyone is winging it.

Which are affecting YOUR projects?

Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Project Delivery Processes


The Project Execution Maturity Model (PEMM), which is pictured above, is the key to understanding the basic behaviors and processes that dictate the effectiveness of your execution. It lays out a path from ad hoc processes, to systematic and disciplined execution.

Knowing where your organization stands in the model will help you target the critical areas that will make a difference today. If you’re doing a process transformation, the PEMM guides you as it progresses from local, ad hoc execution, to fully assimilated, repeatable processes that systematically deliver desirable and deliberate results from project to project.

Each level of maturity reflects an organization’s ability to manage activity and time across all areas of the projects, with movement from level to level resulting in significant strategic gains, from improved rate of task completion and overall productivity, to increased timely delivery and reduced costs.

Where do you fit on the spectrum?

Understanding the Project Execution Maturity Model is step one, but understanding where you fit within it is essential to actually improving your ability to deliver on-time and on-cost project performance consistently.

If you’re wondering why your projects are late or over budget, the Project Execution Maturity Model Assessment will help you find the gaps, clearly identify the targets for improvement, and provide a structure to move forward and start improving your results.

Change with Confidence

We have created an assessment instrument – a diagnostic – to measure your processes that drive on time delivery and place you on the maturity spectrum so you can define an actionable path forward, and giving you confidence in the direction you’re going.

Taking advantage of the ideas and behaviors set out in the PEMM helps organizations achieve:

-Better Collaboration between team members, regardless of location
-Simplification of management Improved synchronization of work
-Improved situational awareness
-Quicker responses to problems
-Increased productivity

And the best part? Organizations who embrace the PEMM make huge strides to lower costs, shorten project durations, and consistently and reliably deliver, every time.

We’ve set up a free, abbreviated questionnaire; it’s about 15 questions.  Take the quiz.  See where you stand. Improve your project performance.

The project execution maturity assessment is here.

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Better Information Leads to Better Results

Execution issues are plaguing project organizations. At the project level, communication of information such as status, obstacles, priorities, and risk is a constant and never-ending challenge.  Higher in the organization, Program and Portfolio Owners are often faced with situations where they have either too little or too much information. The quality and timing of the information provided can be subjective, and is usually dependent on the person delivering it. Business outcomes that drive C-level strategic metrics (results like lowering costs, shorter project durations, and higher on-time delivery) are fundamentally a function of an organization’s ability to execute well. So, if better execution is a goal, and effective communication is the top challenge in execution, it follows that improving communication should lead to better execution.

Most Communication is Ineffective

Looking around project organizations today, you see that people are glued to their mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.  They are in meetings.  They are giving presentations.  They are generating reports or sending out e-mails.  They are entering information into various business systems.  With most of our clients, we find that project team members spend more time communicating with other members of the organization than they do actually conducting project work. With all this communicating happening, and its importance evidenced by the amount of time invested in performing it, why is it that project managers and executives continue to list communication as the top challenge? If you look at the basic process of communication, regardless of the media used, someone codes information and then transmits it. The recipient of the transmission then decodes, processes, and extracts the information that is relevant to his or her function. What you find within this process is that there are losses due to omissions (intentional or unintentional).  There is ‘spin’ put into the information from the transmitter.  There are language challenges. There is noise that distracts the recipient.  There are decoding errors. There are gaps in the receiver’s understanding.  There are countless things that get in the way of effective communication.  Probably worst of all, valuable time is lost coding, decoding, and searching for information.

Visual Project Portfolio Management Speeds Communication

Pinnacle Strategies has developed a solution to the communication issues your organization is facing. It’s called VISUM.
Visum is the Latin word for vision or a visual or mental image.  It is a well-known truth that human beings are able to faster process and better remember information that is presented in a visual format.  VISUM, the first web-based software product designed specifically for Visual Project Portfolio Management, leverages this truth to speed and simplify the communication processes up, down, and across project organizations.  It does so by providing visibility of project execution against an organization’s processes in an objective, intuitive, and easily digestible format. With shared visibility, comes shared understanding.  Project team members are able to more effectively communicate, because they share the same objective viewpoint.  Project stakeholders are afforded real-time access to key project and portfolio information and people spend less time coding (or reporting) information like status, obstacles, priorities, and risk.  The information is presented visually and objectively which removes spin or bias, and also reduces language misunderstandings from those that need the information to perform their functions.  At its essence, VISUM enables faster and more effective communication, which in turn, leads to better execution.

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