Do you want to avoid the endless discussion about how to do things when you are working together in a program? Our advice is to spend time to discuss this way of working in the start-up phase of your program. This saves time later! If you don’t agree on the way of working at the start, our experience shows that these discussions later on will take more time and repeat themselves.
Many managers will recognize the need to adapt frequently to changing market conditions. Therefore, projects are set-up and programs are initiated. To run programs successfully, it is important to use a holistic methodology. The challenge is not to set up multiple projects, the challenge is to set up multiple projects that run in parallel within a coherent program that brings the company into the right direction in a controlled and successful way!
The BearingPoint Transformation Bridge is a holistic methodology, that guides you through the set up (or assessment) of transformation programs.
One of the elements of the Transformation Bridge is to define the way of working. The way of working contains decisions on:
If you want to drive a successful transformation, it is important to think in advance about the way of working: How will we communicate? What will be managed on program level, what will be managed on project level? Who will be responsible for quality of delivery? Who is accountable for sign-off?
Defining the way of working is important for:
There are many ways to work together within a program. Some companies work in an agile way and use Scrum as a method. For other companies, a more waterfall approach is more effective, and other companies have a combination in their organization.
For successful programs, there is no single solution that works everywhere. It is even possible to agree to use different approaches to different components of the program (i.e. some components use agile, whereas others are delivered using more traditional project management tools).
The most important things are:
In our experience, programs fail not because they chose the “wrong” way of working, but instead, they lacked identifying a joint way of working.
Choosing the way of working on program level helps to drive a successful transformation program. It supports both your primary program process as well as your supporting processes and culture of the program. The exact best way of working for your purpose is always a tailor-made decision, important is that there is one way of working throughout the program.