The concept of “project” is a Holy Grail of organizational change that heralds The New. Projects inherently come with risk and uncertainty. In the corporate world, risk aversion is an instinct that foregoes venturing into uncharted territories of product innovation. Taking project risks too lightly may lead to unintended consequences for the project or the entire company.
As consultants in project management, project coaching, and process quality, we are often called to help projects return to a regular operational mode. In the automotive business area of systems and software development, the margin of error is thin, schedules are tight, technologies are often new, and there is no way to postpone the SOP. Amid hundreds of proverbial and literal moving parts, a well-thought-out and efficiently functioning project management system–also known as the systems development process, is critical to the project’s success.
Depending on the starting situation, an iterative approach with a smooth and systematic progression is necessary to give the project members the possibility to manage all main tasks in parallel. This applies also to the implementation of the required standards.
For projects that start at a lower capability level, we’ve developed a practical approach we call CORE SPICE. The goal of CORE SPICE is to accelerate the optimal transition from an initial, challenging state of a project to a well-organized and smooth-out project operation while avoiding the usual pitfalls of organizational distress.
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