What’s ROP ? It’s a valuable concept for Project Managers, Change Managers and Business Analysts. “Return On Project” is all about efficiency and effectiveness: categorizing the most common causes of wasted resources in the life-cycle of a project, you will be able to reduce them and consequently improve ROP (…and your career too…).
Please refer to: http://meetingofideas.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/rop-return-on-project-the-humble-beginning-07/ for my first Post about ROP – a sort of introduction.
Today I talk about: “1) Over-convoluted project workflow (‘I hate bureaucracy! I hate overhead!’)”
Project workflow includes “gates”, approvals, signed documents, “filtering” procedures, due-diligence, etc. Many of these steps are absolutely useful and valuable, others sadly are just worthless bureaucracy. The goal here is to find a good and very well balanced trade-off between overhead (that is, cost) and added value.
Remember, the project workflow does not make any direct transformation to the product/service that the customer is willing to pay for (the outcome of your project); it just manages the creation process.
Each time a step is performed/enforced, a cost is incurred, and there is also a significant risk of delaying delivery: it’s therefore vital to scrutinise the project workflow to eliminate unnecessary governance activities.
In my next six Posts about ROP, I will talk about the other six causes of wasted resources during the life-cycle of a project:
2) Too many ‘Not-yet-in-Production’ (that is, not yet ‘usable’) COMPLETED features
3) Uncontrolled piling up of new feature-requests (“…doesn’t it remind you of a bad game of TETRIS?”)
4) Project workflow bottlenecks (“Hurry up, Andy!! I’ve got five people waiting for your deliverable!!”)
5) Implementation over-complication (“‘Simple’ and ‘elegant’ is most often than not better than ‘fancy’ and ‘sophisticated’”)
6) Bad ‘feature-implementation’ prioritization (“Who cares that we can back-up our DB? We don’t have a DB yet…!”)
7) Bug-proliferation (“What does HTTP500 mean?”)
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Andy Cavallini – Business Analyst & Project Manager