Project management via Transformational leadership and innovation

By transformational leadership style a project manager can drive change and lead innovative ideas to sustain and manage business continuity plan apart from project management itself. Transformation has a positive impact on project implementation and its people, process. Transformational leadership is based on the idea of collaborative exchange and bring in wellness in a larger context. It adds value not only for individuals but at organizational level which motivates and aspires everyone to be participate in a holistic way. Transformation can be achieved via CSR, Managing change etc.

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Dissecting IT service management (ITSM) Model in Mid Size companies

Good, Bad and Ugly Part of Project Management

Transformational leadership and Project management

Dissecting IT service management (ITSM) Model in Mid Size companies

IT service management (ITSM) Model and its effectiveness:

In today's Agile environment where clients needs and fast changing business environment keeps service delivery  on top of the minds of CIO, over a period of time many frameworks have grown up as part of service delivery management which have standardized as well like ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) that guides us in delivering services with quality and efficiently which satisfy client needs and demands.

ITIL objective focuses on implementation of delivery model and how efficiently we can optimize resources to best availability to infrastructure and other services offered. ITIL encompasses as structured framework which has five elements as part of service life cycle named as Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition, Service Operation, Continual Service Improvement. Now the question is how these elements be accommodated in day to day operational level implementation.

Above listed service life-cycle elements can be customized according to organisation needs which again energized with six sigma, and other control methods. At the more granular level it has been further categorized into several criteria which are named as in ITIL V3 like Availability Management, Problem Management, Capacity Management, Release & Deployment Management, Change Management, Request Fulfillment, Event Management, Service Asset & Configuration Management, Financial Management, Service Catalog Management, Incident Management, Service Level Management, IT Service Continuity Management, Service Portfolio Management, Knowledge Management will be used as per organization suitability metrics.

Obviously these terms looks quite abstract in nature but can be deciphered at more specific requirements at times needed but in general it provides a governance framework as part of service delivery management with effectiveness in many ways.


Posted on: January 07, 2011 03:56 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Good, Bad and Ugly Part of Project Management


Project management stories

When it comes to project management, there are definitely many stories with  everyone out there to tell it may be Good, Bad and Ugly, Whatever it may be it  does not matter as far as it is meeting the successful delivery of the  project and said goals and objectives are achieved. But each story will have different colors to tell and how it can be managed, it may be with relationships, infrastructure, stakeholders, execution, resources in terms of cost, scope, operations etc. Readers can classify them as per their appetite.

Make simple things simple:

It is always good to be simple for straight forward task to be done. Always  have to do list in a diary in written it helps a lot. It is always good to track task and status in Spreadsheet. Using a web based Wiki for project can really work based on its availability to users. A wiki can work as single location for processes, planning,  docs, collaborate, communication point, issue logs and tracking.

Try to Make complex scenario/situation simpler

Visualization is key to make things simple. Many a times complex projects requires task breakdown at more granular level than usual to make things simpler. Projects run into bad scenes when task start delaying and getting  accumulated over a period of time. As systems approach says to solve problem of larger context by viewing them in parts and solving problem in context to relation of the parts and then joining these parts together results in synergistic solutions. Systems approach provides modular thought process to disintegrate a complex system into small task and catalyses the whole system.

Projects in critical condition

Success has many fathers but failure is orphan. Projects turn into ugly situation when things go awry and the blame game starts. A pyramid made of blocks can go down at same depth which is it attained height if team members starts pulling legs. One has to think every  project is a mission critical project and same has to be re-iterated again  and again like chants.


All is well that ends well

A project manager need not have to reinvent the wheel to handle the scenarios  emerging out of difficult situations. Projects are managed via standard "PMBOK" management process and not rocket science.

Posted on: September 24, 2010 03:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Transformational leadership and Project management


One of the many stints I have been through my experiences, the followers have shown exuberance to me is the change which is happening around them and transforming individual aspirations into realities via transformational leadership management. A leader transforms the needs, values, attitudes and aspirations of followers by a strong vision. A leader with a vision can lead organizations and individuals to successful and sustainable development by bringing in continuous change.

Organizations are driven by innovation, they continuously innovate to survive competition, growth, bring new ideas to products and drive change via transformational leadership. As part of project management, driving projects requires leadership style for a project manager to continuously manage resources and change as per time and business environment demands.

Project managers create opportunities for team members to connect and drive projects who can lead to successful delivery. Definitely a framework needed for managing transformations and change to drive innovation which is based on some fundamental questions to asked at the very beginning in planning phase like What, Who, When, Where, How etc. for resources(people, process, infrastructure etc) to be managed. Obviously transformational leaders share their vision with the team, they motivate individuals to their best, they do introspection, have integrity, believe in values and sustainability.

Here we can talk of leaders like Bill gates, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs are the few names in recent times have given a vision for everyone who is connected to them and created a sustainable and deliverable transformation which is the need of the hour.

Transformation leader creates a problem solving environment in which team member can participate to brainstorm and bring in solutions. It creates a sense of accountability, responsibility, makes them participative, creates change agents in the system and these change agents will create sub system change agents.

Here I would like to specifically mention the role of non profit organisation where individuals perform for organization above their self interest which creates a trust among team members to connect with each other. By this way a manager not only connects with team but also brings in integrity and accountability. Obviously transformational leadership style is just not one activity to be done but a gamut of styles which encompasses the many facets of an individual to be harnessed and leveraged.

Obviously here one cannot apply a hard and fast rule to bring in change and follow a particular leadership style and also a vision can be easily formulated and communicated. Please share your ideas to lead, motivate, transform and get buy-in from management.

Posted on: September 15, 2010 08:29 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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