NPI projects are often not given sufficient priority in the business to have specific project management resource allocated. It often falls to design and development engineers to run projects in amongst their other responsibilities, without the cross-functional support for project activities or escalation of issues. This can result in a late launch into manufacturing with incomplete information and a stressful push through the final production stages in an attempt to deliver on time to the customer. Effective project management requires an agreed approach, clear communication, defined resources and strong support from the management team.
What is covered?
IF has many years of driving major improvement programmes and has found that the thinking contained within the PRINCE2™ methodology is both applicable and highly adaptable to suit different beneficiary NPI scenarios. IF does not mandate PRINCE2™ but considers which areas of its areas of best practice are most applicable.
Implementation in this area is tailored to the requirement at each client and can cover one or more of the topics below:
- Project management principles training
- Project roles and responsibilities definition and resourcing
- Business case for project and relevant success measures
- Governance processes and visual management
- Project planning/tolerance levels and managing by exception
- Multiple project management (programme management)
- Coaching to develop live project approach
Improving project management effectiveness will ensure projects are properly planned, controlled and delivered to customer and business requirements. It will also reduce stress and expensive reactive behaviour by ensuring issues are escalated to the appropriate decision makers.