Executing a Merger or Other Major Initiative? Get Results Through Execution-Focused Program Management (not Project Administration)
- Posted by metre22
- On February 16, 2017
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- Mergers & Acquisitions, PMO, program management, strategic initiatives
How many of your strategic initiatives achieve the results envisioned? If you are like many organizations, the vast majority of initiatives fail to get results, meet budget expectations or come in on schedule. When taking into account lost revenue, productivity hits and unrealized opportunities, the real costs of having initiatives fall short can take a significant chunk out of your company’s potential earnings and stifle revenue growth.
We’ve worked with hundreds of clients on executing critical business initiatives such as Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings. We have regularly observed that it takes more than a clear strategy to execute these initiatives. Success in these endeavors also depends on having the right tools, templates, and approaches to support effective project planning and execution. But, an even bigger ingredient for success is applying the right program management “muscle” to drive resources toward real results like improved profitability, synergy realization or incremental revenue. In our view, too many program and project management efforts are overly focused on administration, templates and forms that don’t add value. So where should the focus be? In our eyes it is the ability to navigate complex dependencies and risks, orchestrate work in cross-functional teams, and drive real decision making that are correlated to success.
If your company has a Program Management Office or Organization (a PMO), it often falls to this group to help ensure the business is focused on those areas that will lead to successful execution. So how does an enterprise PMO best position itself to provide services that support the business in delivering results? First and foremost, the role of the PMO and the resources within needs to be crystal clear. Here’s a few thoughts based on our first-hand experience:
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With the role of the PMO function clear and agreed upon among the executive team, the PMO is now positioned to help leaders drive successful corporate initiatives like mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and technology efforts.