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Transformation projects Types and PM differences with other projects
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i have been trying to clasiffy different kind of transformation projects , I have found these categories

1. Merger & Adquisition
2. Cultural transformation
3. Process outsourcing
4. Changing business models
5. Chaning Operative models
6. Digital Transformation
7. Agile Transformation

Have you identified any other cathegories?

As PM once you are facing these kind of projects I have found more benefits to use program approach since I need to have more focus in benefits, Usually are long term and I have found objetives alignment beetween different projects to achieve the transformation goal as well multiple different efforts (projects) with multiple PMs involved. Have you identified any difference or challenges in a PM for these kind of projects?
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For me, is a mistake call some project like "transformation" project, no matter I have worked in the PMO called "Transformation and Innovation". Why? Because all projects create a transformation inside the organization. It is by systemic conception. I worked to help my actual work place to understand that and when they understood things change a lot.
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1 reply by Dora Mejia
Aug 25, 2019 10:43 AM
Dora Mejia
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I want to differentiate projects that are transforming the complete company or business model than others endevours
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I do not know if is so easy to identify categories of projects , taking as an example the Digital Transformation , this is not only one project is also a shift in the mindset, and culture of a company, also implies changes in business models and operative models. All this changes by it self implies a change management approach.Digital transformation is the profound transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of a mix of digital technologies and their accelerating impact across society in a strategic and prioritized way, with present and future shifts in mind. Digital Transformation is not only change the technology.
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Aug 25, 2019 10:44 AM
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thanks. it is the reason I want to differentiate these endevours from others, since in a transformational endevour you need to transform the complete company from one site to another.
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Aug 25, 2019 7:49 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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For me, is a mistake call some project like "transformation" project, no matter I have worked in the PMO called "Transformation and Innovation". Why? Because all projects create a transformation inside the organization. It is by systemic conception. I worked to help my actual work place to understand that and when they understood things change a lot.
I want to differentiate projects that are transforming the complete company or business model than others endevours
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Aug 25, 2019 11:23 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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That´s my point. The first step to fail is do not understand that each project will transform the company at a whole. About business model let me say that what you listed above are possible enablers of a new business model but the business model must be defined first with focus on strategy.
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Aug 25, 2019 9:21 AM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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I do not know if is so easy to identify categories of projects , taking as an example the Digital Transformation , this is not only one project is also a shift in the mindset, and culture of a company, also implies changes in business models and operative models. All this changes by it self implies a change management approach.Digital transformation is the profound transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of a mix of digital technologies and their accelerating impact across society in a strategic and prioritized way, with present and future shifts in mind. Digital Transformation is not only change the technology.
thanks. it is the reason I want to differentiate these endevours from others, since in a transformational endevour you need to transform the complete company from one site to another.
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Aug 25, 2019 10:43 AM
Replying to Dora Mejia
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I want to differentiate projects that are transforming the complete company or business model than others endevours
That´s my point. The first step to fail is do not understand that each project will transform the company at a whole. About business model let me say that what you listed above are possible enablers of a new business model but the business model must be defined first with focus on strategy.
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Dora,
It's an interesting question, and it shows that there are those people who like to categorize things, and those who don't.

Vertical Integration could be included with outsourcing or as the inverse. It is similar to merger and acquisition (and sometimes is) but other times it is developing the talent from within. Or Vertical Integration could include both inflow and outflow.

I'm not sure what you mean by operative models. I think reorganizations would fit in your list somewhere, if it is not already included already. In a large manufacturing business, operations is often considered more in the product side than the project/office side. The term can certainly extend to the office side however we sometimes say "I make charts not parts", to differentiate.

I also struggle a little bit about where Lean fits. It's part cultural (continuous improvement), and part operations (repeatability and removing waste), but that doesn't mean the whole universe of changes must neatly fit in one bucket.
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1 reply by Dora Mejia
Aug 29, 2019 11:29 PM
Dora Mejia
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thanks. I use operative models to make a distintion of the value chain in the organization and include here the efforts that organizations need to do to reinvent the value chain or change dramatically these group of processs. For example using RPA in operations is usually a sample of redefine operative models.
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Aug 25, 2019 4:14 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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Dora,
It's an interesting question, and it shows that there are those people who like to categorize things, and those who don't.

Vertical Integration could be included with outsourcing or as the inverse. It is similar to merger and acquisition (and sometimes is) but other times it is developing the talent from within. Or Vertical Integration could include both inflow and outflow.

I'm not sure what you mean by operative models. I think reorganizations would fit in your list somewhere, if it is not already included already. In a large manufacturing business, operations is often considered more in the product side than the project/office side. The term can certainly extend to the office side however we sometimes say "I make charts not parts", to differentiate.

I also struggle a little bit about where Lean fits. It's part cultural (continuous improvement), and part operations (repeatability and removing waste), but that doesn't mean the whole universe of changes must neatly fit in one bucket.
thanks. I use operative models to make a distintion of the value chain in the organization and include here the efforts that organizations need to do to reinvent the value chain or change dramatically these group of processs. For example using RPA in operations is usually a sample of redefine operative models.
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The following is how we classify our projects
Innovation -- Truly unprecedented effort to realize new value unlocks (think data lakes)
Evolution -- Continuous improvement of a system or business process (think system upgrades/enhance)
Sustaining -- We must do this to maintain compliance and keep the lights on (think ELD mandate)

From there, we can elect to call them whatever we want to gain mindshare, advocacy, etc. But it really boils down to primary cause or purpose of the project.
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1 reply by Dora Mejia
Sep 08, 2019 2:00 PM
Dora Mejia
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Thanks Mike. What's the reason for separating innovation & evolution? finally if we want big changes in whatever the process, systems not necesarly are innovative but really needs big changes to really move the business.
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Sep 02, 2019 10:11 AM
Replying to Mikel Steadman
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The following is how we classify our projects
Innovation -- Truly unprecedented effort to realize new value unlocks (think data lakes)
Evolution -- Continuous improvement of a system or business process (think system upgrades/enhance)
Sustaining -- We must do this to maintain compliance and keep the lights on (think ELD mandate)

From there, we can elect to call them whatever we want to gain mindshare, advocacy, etc. But it really boils down to primary cause or purpose of the project.
Thanks Mike. What's the reason for separating innovation & evolution? finally if we want big changes in whatever the process, systems not necesarly are innovative but really needs big changes to really move the business.
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1 reply by Mikel Steadman
Sep 09, 2019 1:17 PM
Mikel Steadman
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You're welcome, Dora. It's primarily a way for (me) us to bucket the Business Cases, Charters, cost, and expected Value Realization into simple categories. I would boil it down to the following:

Innovative: Are we agreeing to a project that will create an unprecedented capability, or a processes that will provide unprecedented business value?

Evolutionary: Are we agreeing to a project that provides an enhancement/upgrade of a system or process, making us incrementally better?

Sustaining: Are we agreeing to a project that allows us to keep the lights on (compliance, government mandates, technological housekeeping like 5G and LTE, etc).
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Sep 08, 2019 2:00 PM
Replying to Dora Mejia
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Thanks Mike. What's the reason for separating innovation & evolution? finally if we want big changes in whatever the process, systems not necesarly are innovative but really needs big changes to really move the business.
You're welcome, Dora. It's primarily a way for (me) us to bucket the Business Cases, Charters, cost, and expected Value Realization into simple categories. I would boil it down to the following:

Innovative: Are we agreeing to a project that will create an unprecedented capability, or a processes that will provide unprecedented business value?

Evolutionary: Are we agreeing to a project that provides an enhancement/upgrade of a system or process, making us incrementally better?

Sustaining: Are we agreeing to a project that allows us to keep the lights on (compliance, government mandates, technological housekeeping like 5G and LTE, etc).
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