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Roadmap Definition Fast-Service™ Package

“If we select the pmNERDS' Fast-Service™ package, then we get rapid performance improvement, but we’ll need to answer questions and provide feedback.”

We all occasionally get major hankerings, it’s usually something that we can’t wait for and need within a very short period of time. For us it is usually food related, the Fast Food Industry utilizes the notion of standardization to produce food at minimal cost and preparation time while maximizing value within their business constraints. The question is can they make a compelling product while being profitable?

At pmNERDS, that’s our goal with these Fast-Service™ packages. Using product templates, standardized processes, and focused training we’re able to deliver consulting products faster than our clients and competitors, with sustainable margins.

Very few of us look forward to overly complex Roadmap Definition processes. We want it to be easier and faster, so process performance in this area looks rather attractive, but what area should be addressed first?

Using some rapid assessment techniques, the Performance Measure Framework, and our performance constraint analysis tool, we help you identify that practice that is holding you back. Then we will propose modifications or creation of a new practice that addresses your specific constraint. This is not about investing lots of time to do it yourself, or just going without, we are offering a third choice…

Our clients hire us do some of the data collection, constraint analysis, process documentation, and change management activities that are part of effective Roadmap  Definition performance improvement practices. With only a total of 8 hrs. of your time, spread out in 8 sessions over 4 weeks, we complete the analysis and build the necessary deliverables to adopt a new practice, that will improve your Roadmap Definition performance. All of this is accomplished within 20 business days.

We’re experts in performance improvement and Roadmap Definition practices, you know your business and organization. By using our Fast-Service™ package, you can leave the specialized practices to us, and focus on running your business.

Below is a set of Fast-Service™ package deliverables used to improve your Roadmap Definition performance.

SELF-ASSESSMENT REPORT- This is an Excel spreadsheet and chart that is used to identify the major problem areas and bottlenecks of the organizations’ innovation process. The Self-Assessment contains a series of questions related to current practices for gathering ideas, converting ideas into business opportunities, and finally diffusing ideas throughout organization and to market. Using the self-assessment, we can quickly identify the perceived system constraints, and dive deeper into specific process areas that could be causing bottlenecks.

CONSTRAINT ANALYSIS REPORT- This is a set of Power Point diagrams used to identify key system constraints. We use Sufficient Cause diagrams to look at effects and potential causes from the perspective of Resources, Inputs, Controls, and Processes. These diagrams are used to verify effects, validate relationships between causes and effects, and look for additional effects to gain a clear understanding of the current system constraints.

PERFORMANCE MEASURE FRAMEWORK- This is a set of Excel spreadsheets and Power Point diagrams used to manage process improvement. Focusing on 1 of the 16 domains, we will load the selected practice into the Performance Measure Framework. By adding your standardized plans and information assets, such as process diagrams and performance thresholds, into the framework, you can do trade-offs and make process improvement decisions.

PROPOSED PRACTICE EFBD- This is a set of Power Point diagrams used to establish a process definition. The EFBD (Enhanced Function Block Diagram) Illustrates control logic, information flow, and process steps. We build this by looking at past project plans and documenting the current state. Based on constraint analysis, we can make modifications to the EFBD of the practice. We do this with things such as review gates, control activities, additional input screening, and resources inputs. This EFBD standardizes the practice and makes the proposed practice easier to understand, adopt, as well as improve over time.

NEW PRACTICE POLICIES & PROCEDURES- This is a set of Word documents that are used to outline process policies and procedures that enable standardization and improvement. Policies and procedures establish a standard set of minimum expectations and guidelines that are expected to be followed by anyone performing the practice. We create a new baseline of process performance, based on the constraint analysis and EFBD process analysis, by adding policies, process steps or procedural guidelines. This information is used to train people on new process, and monitor process execution and performance.

BUSINESS CASE- This is an Excel spreadsheet that is used to analyze, establish and communicate the business case of implementing the proposed practice change. When change is desired, the value delivered through the change must outweigh the negative impacts, cost, and natural friction that change will cause. All business cases derive from the ability to impact one of the six business drivers: Revenue, Efficiency, Sustainability, Endorsement, Cost and Risk. We will then define the type of value proposition that the new practice will deliver: uniqueness, familiarity, or economy of scale. Lastly, we determine the Cost/Value combination. This process will achieve same value for less cost, or more value for less cost, etc. The business case is used to overcome change hurdles and help people to quickly adopted the proposed change. 

PERFORMANCE SCORECARD- This is an Excel spreadsheet that is used to measure practice performance and drive improvement. The performance scorecard is built from information captured in the Performance Measure Framework. Using the five key performance measures, you can diagnose causes of performance constraints and identify process adjustments to address them. The Performance Scorecard will keep people focused on the key measures that impact overall performance, making improvement efforts more effective.

STRATEGY DIAGRAM- This is a Power Point diagram that is used to communicate the strategic intent of the performance improvement initiative.  The strategy diagram sets a common vision and outlines how different teams/roles work together to perform the key activities needed to deliver the value of the initiative. The strategy diagram helps team members to understand their role, adopt the proposed changes, and buy-in to the initiative solution vision.

COMMUNICATION PLAN- This is an Excel spreadsheet that is used to communicate to and engage all stakeholders and team members of a project. A Communication Plan will identify the target personas and actions that you want them to take, anticipate potential objections, and provide a message that addresses the objections and provokes action. We will develop a communication plan that identifies target stakeholders, develops compelling messages that engage them to act towards the achievement of project objectives.

ROLE BASED TRAINING DIAGRAM- This is a set of Power Point diagrams that are used to identify training needs of job roles. These roles based training diagrams provide standardized capabilities, job role expectations, and training demand analysis by process. These diagrams are used to create training and adoption activities for each role as part of the new practice deployment. Each Role can clearly understand their roles & responsibilities regarding the new practice. This means the activities will get done more efficiently with better performance results. 

PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT MILESTONE ROADMAP- This is a Power Point diagram that is used to communicate the performance improvement efforts of the organization over time. Based on the performance constraints, this roadmap identifies the sequence of performance improvements as well as the target process areas. The Performance Improvement Milestone Roadmap will align team members, resources, and efforts to provide the most rapid performance improvement for the organization.

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Roadmap Definition with ‘POWER’ Process-Service™

“Roadmap Definition with POWER is a process consulting offering of pmNERDS. This offering provides a process umbrella of POWER, and then line-items of an S.O.W. that can be chosen a la carte.”

We use the acronym POWER to illustrate and teach the concepts necessary to communicate the strategic path of your product or deliverable to both internal and external stakeholders concisely. The roadmap articulates the promised capability which customers’ will gain in a period of time.

The roadmap needs to have enough value to motivate customers to adopt the new capability and anticipate its launch with excitement. It provides a forum for collaboration, asset sharing, and removal of redundant activities. A roadmap like a sun, will turn the heads of your clients, and like the sunflower, provide something for your clients, customers, and stakeholders to focus one.

During our process consultancy, we address:

Possible Alternatives– Roadmaps are a map of how you expect to deliver customer satisfaction. Of course, there are trades based on business constraints. Roadmaps can be different based on the constraints being maximized and minimized. Build power with a choice.

Optimal Advantage– Build roadmaps that deliver the optimal competitive advantage, while maximizing customer satisfaction and balancing business constraints.

Waybill– Like the waybill of a package being shipped, the roadmap maintains accountability on the journey. This creates roadmap credibility and power.

Engage Stakeholders– The roadmap provides focus, and helps engage stakeholders constructively. The roadmap enables you to gain support from all those you impact.

Radio– Think of roadmaps as a radio station that broadcasts multiple radio channels and formats. With multiple roadmaps, you can send the right message to the right people at the right time.

The pmNERDS process consultancy provides a standard Roadmap Definition capability described by the acronym above. This is an umbrella capability needed regardless of any additional practices selected from our a la carte practice menu.

Roadmap Definition practices available for selection from the a la carte S.O.W. include External & Internal Sources, The Roadmap Charter, Boolean Logic & Thresholds, Resource Need Estimating, Capability Development, Buy-Build-Own, Multiple Roadmap Alignment, Perceived Value, Competitive Advantage Scoring, Bidding, Availability, Unified Roadmaps, Roadmap Scoring, Roadmap Threshold Balancing, Utilization Thresholds, Capability Estimation, Buyer-Constraint Elicitation, Historical Comparisons, Gate Management, Formal Consensus for Roadmap Selection, Monitoring, Buyer-Constraint Portfolio Balance, Constraint Management, Product Line Roadmap Balancing, Competitive Advantage computation, Sensitivity Analysis, Value Modeling, Targeted Thresholds, and Competitive Analysis.

Organizations that depend on projects to create value and increase process efficiencies, as seen in business units such as IT, Marketing, and NPD, should talk with us if they’re interested in increasing project performance.

After a quick discussion, we can direct you to the best process offering and a la carte practices based on your process improvement goals. By putting together a service package that addresses your key performance constraint, our sales team can help you get the quickest time-to-value while minimizing risk and cost.

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Roadmap Definition Performance-Service™

“If we engage pmNERDS’ Consulting for Roadmap Definition then we’ll increase the organization’s competitive advantage, realize higher value from projects, and complete projects more efficiently, but it will require change leadership.”

Our Perfromance-Service™ consulting practice begins with gathering information about your organization and engagement goals. We conduct a quick gap analysis to construct an engagement roadmap.

Once approved, we will build this roadmap out into a complete project plan and review it with our clients going over roles and responsibilities. We schedule weekly meetings to review the project and discuss relevant decisions. Depending on the length of engagement, steering committee meetings are also scheduled.

Daily scrums are scheduled to address issues and schedule any needed ad hoc meetings. Performance Improvement Consulting involves a great deal of planning and communicating. Underlying each practice is an element of process improvement and use of a standard performance measure framework.

Its wide open, and waiting for you to define. Roadmap definition is all about creating an optimal roadmap with alternatives that strategically align with the innovation charter. Roadmaps act as a guideline for integrating other roadmaps used in the enterprise roadmap and for coordinating product launches.

The roadmap (one of the primary information assets) provides a forum for collaboration, alignment, and synchronization between cross-functional organizations. This increases buy-in, the ability to leverage enterprise assets, reduces redundant and cyclic initiatives and coordinates outward facing messaging across platforms.

By leveraging our experience, you can reach expected benefits quicker and with less false starts while being assured that you won’t paint yourself into a ‘process’ corner, and isolate information asset flow to downstream processes. Our performance improvement consulting practice requires a discussion to determine goals, the scope of effort, consultant alignment, and the development of a business proposal. We deliver an analysis of current roadmap definition process performance and constraints, a roadmap to performance improvement, process design, process exercise, process enablement, deployment, and measurement.

It’s critical that the information assets developed within these roadmap definition practices can flow between other innovation processes. These practices can be divided into the four categories Roadmap Conception, Buyer-Constraint Management, Resource Planning, and Roadmap Selection. Wherever your key constraints are, our team will help you identify the process constraints, and find practices that will improve overall performance by breaking constraints.

A large part of this effort is process training, skills mentoring, and performance coaching. Depending on the engagement, technology configuration or deployment may or may not be part of this effort. You can discover more about this service offering by clicking the icon (email or phone) in the top right corner of our website.

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Alden Ibbetson
Having worked with IT and IS for many years, I can say that the problems you are talking about are very troublesome. Great articl... Read More
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