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Lynchpin – Integrated PM – Projects

Lynchpin – Integrated PM – Projects

"If I want to receive the benefits of Integrated PM, then I need some kind of Performance Measure Framework, but this requires an upfront investment in requirements definition."

I’m told the definition of Project management is the ability to administer a series of chronological tasks resulting in a desired goal, but Lynchpin theory is not far from this definition, nor is Integrated PM. But definitions can be misleading, the magic is in the application.

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Value Stream Maps & Integrated PM

Value Stream Maps & Integrated PM

"If we follow the Integrated PM approach, then at some time we’ll need to leverage the benefits of Value Stream Mapping, but currently we haven’t even recognized the project flows, let allow map, manage, and improve them."

A Value Stream Map (VSM)is used in Integrated PM system to facilitate the management and improvement of project stocks and flows, while improving the overall performance of projects. The VSM consists of three main components:

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Low-level Inferences: The Facilitator (8 out of 11)

Low-level Inferences: The Facilitator (8 out of 11)

"If we use the Integrated PM approach to team facilitation, then we will improve communication and project performance, but we have to reduce high-level reactive speaking and pay more attention to low-level thinking."

As an Integrated PM facilitator, you are constantly trying to make sense of what is happening in a project team. You watch members say and do things and then you make inferences about what their behavior means and how it is either helping or hindering the project's process. An inference is a conclusion you reach about something that is unknown to you, on the basis of what you have observed. For example, if in a meeting you see someone silently folding his arms across his chest, you may infer that he disagrees with what has been said but is not saying so.

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A Systems Approach: The Facilitator (11 out of 11)

A Systems Approach: The Facilitator (11 out of 11)

"If we address needed behavior change within Project Management, team performance will improve, but that will increase the required skills of Integrated PMs."

Integrated PM Managers and project sponsors often tell me stories of how, despite their best efforts to help a project team in a difficult situation, the situation gets worse. Each time the facilitator does something to improve things; the situation either deteriorates immediately or temporarily improves before getting even worse.

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Value Stream Mapping for Project Performance

Value Stream Mapping for Project Performance

"If We use Value Stream Mapping in our projects, then we can more easily identify wastes and information flow constraints, but we must know how to develop value stream maps quickly from project WBS templates."

Reducing waste and improving material flow are two of the primary goals of Lean. In order to reduce or eliminate waste, you have to understand where it exists in your process, and a value stream map (VSM) is designed to enable you to do just that. Toyota developed its material and information flow maps, on which the VSM format is based, specifically to see waste and its causes.

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