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3 Trends to Follow to Evolve Your Program Management

By Amanda Shelley

3 Trends to Follow to Evolve Your Program Management

The program management landscape is ever-changing as PMO responsibilities fluctuate in response to the scope of work required to overcome common plan execution failures. As expectations change, the capacity to successfully execute multiple projects at the same time becomes more challenging with every shift in priority. We’ve worked with hundreds of program managers across multiple industries and organization sizes to help set up their plans for successful execution. Despite the type of plan each program manager is executing, we’ve found the following trends in common for those plans that are set up for success:

Trend 1: Get laser-focused on the strategy – not just the project.

Competition, limited resources and internal and external environmental factors compound with the already-pervasive time and budgetary constraints to impact the timelines of any project. It was easy for the program managers we’ve worked with to fall victim to only operating at a project level, focusing on the goals of each individual project. Program managers who choose to operate from the hot seat are focusing their efforts and time on reacting to urgencies, and never getting to longer term strategic changes.

Program managers who align to organizational strategic initiatives see more success in supporting the business overall. By focusing efforts around overarching business goals, the teams that we’ve worked with have seen a major shift in the way they operate. By focusing on the strategy as a whole, these teams have gained some time back to be more proactive about project execution.

Trend 2: Deliver team members only ONE email for all updates.

Traditional plan tracking is a big pain. Those who attempt to track in Excel or other static spreadsheets deal with version control and hounding colleagues for updates while doing a lot of cutting and pasting. Across the board, these emails are readily ignored and deadlines are missed.

One of the things we’ve seen successful program management teams do is to send only one email detailing all needed updates that can be provided without even opening Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Some management tools purpose-built for execution even provide the ability for objective owners to provide updates from the email itself, and that data is automatically compiled into one, living system that can be displayed as an overview dashboard and filtered for more efficient meetings.

Trend 3: Deliver context behind data without chasing down answers.

Several program managers that we’ve worked with have all come to us with this same challenge – most of the time in project meetings is spent answering, “Why?” Questions like, “WHY is this month lower than last month? WHY was this checkpoint not reached? WHY is our pipeline bigger than it’s ever been?” Understanding the answers to these questions is imperative, but by the end of a 3-hour meeting, oftentimes nothing has been decided in regards to the future. We’ve heard and seen it happen over and over. Program management teams run out of time after coming to an understanding about the data in front of them, so no discussion is then devoted to answering the more important question, “Now what do we do about it?”

We’ve seen program management team after team start to adapt a workflow that provides data in context from the beginning. When everyone knows the answer to “Why?” before even sitting at the conference table, better discussions are had about what was learned, about what worked and what didn’t. More time is freed up to examine how to proceed – and more goals are achieved. We’re seeing a positive trend of program managers who seek contextual insights and being more able to course-correct in a timely manner.

 

HOW DOES ACHIEVEIT COMPARE TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS?

achieveit's strategy execution software vs project management tools

Program managers who come to us realize that project management tools aren’t necessarily built for the demands of program management today. Project management tools are designed to measure activity, tactics and lower-level tasks. AchieveIt is purpose-built to measure execution and results of a plan as a whole – and multiple plans at once, in one place. As the program management discipline progresses more towards a strategic focus instead of project-based decisions, project management tools fall short of what those in the PMO need to measure success.

Project management tools are helpful for allowing team members to organize assignments and tasks, but they often live in a vacuum. AchieveIt shows leaders how projects align to larger initiatives, and how those initiatives support the larger strategic plan. Our Execution Insight Platform provides visibility into the execution of a plan, to show whether it’s on-track, off-track or at-risk. It allows leaders to hold people accountable for the performance of their team, business unit or region. Most importantly, it allows the PMO to prove it’s value by quickly and easily providing the high-level status reporting executives need.

AchieveIt Named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies

By Amanda Shelley

Hooray!

Our AchieveIt Team was named #2218 of the companies Inc. 5000 recognized as the fastest growing private companies in 2017. We’ve experienced 164.76% growth since 2014, and CEO, Christy Johnson, couldn’t be more proud of the strides the company has made.

Read more about what we’ve been up to and our plans for the future.

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MultiPlan View: Broader Visibility for Real-Time Insight

By Amanda Shelley

Business leaders need access to the most up-to-date metrics when deciding how to continue driving toward success. Tracking multiple objectives from different departments, each on its own platform, makes it extremely difficult to gain a holistic view. Clarity is crucial, and without a simplified way to see all project statuses at once, analysis takes longer.

Our MultiPlan View™ feature is purposely designed to give leaders live, contextual metrics across multiple initiatives and business units. Just a few clicks can help frame different plans for executive leaders in a way that easily reveals which projects are off-track or at-risk. MultiPlan View™ helps strategic stakeholders identify success and respond to red flags sooner – allowing more energy to make better, faster decisions.

Watch: Live Updates, Multiple Plans, One Place

 

AchieveIt’s MultiPlan View™ allows leaders to filter higher level views and dig deep for the details – all in one place. This perfect “executive cockpit” will help you answer on-the-spot questions from your board. No more hunting for metrics. Just good, clean data.

 

MultiPlan View™ by AchieveIt. Fast. Efficient. Effective.

AchieveIt’s Execution Insight Platform is a web-based solution that is purpose-built for executives to get a view into the performance and execution of their critical, high-level initiatives, which is not easy to get in either spreadsheets, email or project management systems. It features customizable dashboards (no more Excel hell!), smart email alerts and the ability to see not just your data, but the critical context behind it, so you get a full picture of how you’re executing, in an easy, efficient and effective way.

No more spreadsheets, no more hounding, no more email overload. Just real visibility into how you’re really executing your most critical strategic initiatives, in easy-to-customize executive dashboards, so you can execute with excellence and achieve better results. Learn how AchieveIt can help you improve strategy execution, today.

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Operationalize Strategy Execution in 2017

By Amanda Shelley

Operationalize your Strategy Execution in 2017

In the current competitive landscape, it’s not strategy that separates good businesses from great ones, it’s execution.

In order to drive successful strategy execution, you need to be able to align your organization to your goals and to see how you’re executing against your most strategic, high-level initiatives at any given time. You can’t do that with spreadsheets or project management systems that are meant for granular project-level tactics and details.

 

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The AchieveIt’s Execution Insight Platform is purpose built help you operationalize your strategy execution and solve the specific challenges around alignment, visibility accountability and team collaboration.

It’s an easy and efficient web-based software solution designed to help you execute with excellence and achieve better results.

Watch the video to get a sneak peek of the solution and schedule a full demo today!

 

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Improving Strategy Execution Requires Visibility And Alignment – Bing

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In order to drive successful execution, you need a solution that gives you visibility into how you’re really executing your high-level, most strategic initiatives, in an easy, efficient and effective way.

No more spreadsheets, no more hounding people for updates, no more email overload. Just real visibility into how you’re really executing your most critical strategic initiatives so you can execute with excellence and achieve better results. Fill out the form to get a custom demo today.

 

A Strategic Planning Guide To Drive Better Results

By Amanda Shelley

Get This Strategic Planning Guide to Drive Effective Execution

Most executives know what they have to do and with that, they build a strong strategic plan. Driving excution – the “how” – is the hard part. Our strategic planning guide “Accelerate Business Results Through Better Execution” addresses how companies can bridge the strategy-to-execution gap.

Because there is a huge gap between planning a strategy and actually executing it, you need a solution that tells you how you’re executing your strategic initiatives.  If you’re drowning in spreadsheets and email you know that Excel is NOT that solution.

But don’t fret – you are not alone. Most executives are either struggling with spreadsheets or evaluating software solutions that are all about planning… but offer little help with strategy execution or reporting results. This is crucial because it’s strong execution that separates good companies from great ones, and allows companies to grow farther and faster. You need strategy execution software that will give you better dashboards for reporting on your strategic initiatives, and real visibility into what’s on track, off track or at risk.

AchieveIt’s Execution Insight Platform is a web-based solution that is purpose-built for executives to get a view into the performance and execution of their critical, high-level initiatives, because that’s not easy to get in either spreadsheets, email or project management systems. It features customizable dashboards (no more Excel hell!), smart email alerts and the ability to see not just your data, but the critical context behind it, so you get a full picture of how you’re executing, in an easy, efficient and effective way.

No more spreadsheets, no more hounding, no more email overload. Just real insight into your how you’re performing against your strategic initiatives, so you can execute with excellence and achieve better results. Learn how AchieveIt can help you, today.

Our Strategic Planning Guide Will Show You How to Stop…

  • Wasting hours chasing down colleagues, hounding them for strategic plan updates
  • Spending too much time combining Excel and PowerPoints…cutting and pasting back and forth
  • Drowning in an avalanche of emails, asking for updates
  • Missing critical data and context needed to make better decisions
  • Lacking visibility into execution across departments, business units or regions

 

Download the strategic planning guide “Accelerate Business Results Through Better Strategy Execution” and start driving better results.

Blog Digest | Achievers United: Equipping Innovators to Lead Organizational Change

By Amanda Shelley

achievers-united-blog-digest-logo Achievers United: Equipping Innovators to Lead Organizational Change

Stay up to date on all things related to the evolution of business planning and execution.

Our bi-weekly digest Achievers United brings you resources to help you lead innovative organizational change. Whether you work with operational excellence, strategy, process improvement, cost reduction, supply chain management, or every type of plan in between, you will receive best practices and success stories from leaders who are getting work done.

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Most strategy executives have help building the strategic plan, but little help with improving strategy execution. But it’s execution that separates good businesses from great ones. In order to drive successful strategy execution, you need a strategic planning software solution that gives you visibility into how you’re really executing against your strategic plan, in an easy, efficient and effective way.

How do most executives track strategy execution?  Spreadsheets. Lots of spreadsheets.  And rather than directing and managing strategy, they end up spending hours and hours hunting down colleagues, cutting and pasting from emails, combining spreadsheets… instead of driving better execution.

AchieveIt’s Strategic Planning Platform is a web-based strategic planning software solution that is purpose-built for executives to get a view into the performance and execution of their critical, high-level initiatives, which is not easy to get in either spreadsheets, email or project management systems. It features customizable dashboards (no more Excel hell!), smart email alerts and the ability to see not just your data, but the critical context behind it, so you get a full picture of how you’re executing, in an easy, efficient and effective way.

No more spreadsheets, no more hounding, no more email overload. Just real visibility into how you’re really executing your most critical strategic initiatives, in easy-to-customize executive dashboards, so you can execute with excellence and achieve better results. Learn how AchieveIt can help you improve strategic planning and strategy execution, today.

Meeting Manager: Effective Strategic Plan Execution

By Amanda Shelley

Like most strategy professionals, you’re likely focused on driving effective strategic plan execution.  One way to do that is to prioritize and focus your attention on the most critical items. You can now run better, more efficient and effective meetings, thanks to AchieveIt. The solution’s flexibility, coupled with CriticalContext™ gives leaders a way to manage meetings by exception, so they can optimize time and prioritize necessary discussions.

MeetingManager™ lets you sort by team member, due date or status so you have context around your initiatives prior to any meeting. So, you go into the meeting prepared with priorities and don’t have to waste everyone’s time asking for updates during the meeting. How’s that for execution?

Watch: Focus and Prioritize for Better Execution

 

With MeetingManager™ leaders can manage meetings by exception filtering out what’s irrelevant ignoring anything low-priority and inviting only the most essential team members so you can stay focused on key priorities and completing what really needs to get done.

AchieveIt’s Execution Insight Platform is a web-based solution that is purpose-built for executives to get a view into the performance and execution of their critical, high-level initiatives to drive effective strategic plan execution. This visibility is not easy to get in either spreadsheets, email or project management systems.  The platform features customizable executive dashboards (no more Excel hell!), smart email alerts and the ability to see not just your data, but the critical context behind it, so you get a full picture of how you’re executing, in an easy, efficient and effective way.

No more spreadsheets, no more hounding, no more email overload. Just real visibility into how you’re really executing your most critical strategic initiatives, in easy-to-customize executive dashboards, so you can execute with excellence and achieve better results. Learn how AchieveIt can help you improve strategy execution, today.

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Insight Dashboards: Effective, Powerful Executive Dashboards

By Amanda Shelley

The first step in improving your strategy execution is understanding how you’re really executing against your most strategic initiatives at any given time; you can’t get that with Excel based executive dashboards and spreadsheets.

The Execution Insight Platform solution lets you create custom executive dashboards that give you actual visibility into the metrics that matter most to you. There are two keys here: flexibility and insight.

Flexibility means your dashboard can contain whatever information you want in whatever format is most meaningful for you. Insight means you’ll get more than just a bunch of numbers. You’ll get context with those numbers so you’ll have a better understanding of what’s actually happening.

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With InsightDashboards leaders can track industry-specific and completely customized metrics in whatever format works best for them they can capture the essential qualitative context behind their data and they can make multiple report collections, so each dashboard is tailored to deliver targeted insights in an instant.

AchieveIt’s Execution Insight Platform is a web-based solution that is purpose-built for executives to get a view into the performance and execution of their critical, high-level initiatives, which is not easy to get in either spreadsheets, email or project management systems. It features customizable executive dashboards (no more Excel hell!), smart email alerts and the ability to see not just your data, but the critical context behind it, so you get a full picture of how you’re executing, in an easy, efficient and effective way.

No more spreadsheets, no more hounding, no more email overload. Just real visibility into how you’re really executing your most critical strategic initiatives, in easy-to-customize executive dashboards, so you can execute with excellence and achieve better results. Learn how AchieveIt can help you improve strategy execution, today.

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Accelerating Results Through Better Strategy Execution

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CriticalContext: Strategic Planning Software For Insight

By Amanda Shelley

Without strategic planning software, you’re most likely very familiar with the fact that even the perfect, on-time status update requires leaders to go back and ask questions. “Thanks for the information; why is this number lower than last month? Why is this project behind? Why did this deal close late?”

That’s because graphs, charts and reports always contain the what, but rarely give you visibility into the why.  The why is the context – the qualitative data behind the quantitative outcome. And you can’t efficiently or effectively improve your strategic plan execution without it.

Watch How To Get The ‘Why’ AND The ‘What’

 

AchieveIt’s CriticalContext™ connects the data and the details so leaders don’t have to chase down answers and don’t wind up stuck confusing mountains with molehills. They can turn information into insights. Plus, you get the facts from the employees closest to the source, not through layers of management.

No delays. No telephone tag. Nothing lost in translation.

AchieveIt’s Execution Insight Platform is a web-based strategic planning software solution that is purpose-built for executives to get a view into the performance and execution of their critical, high-level initiatives, which is not easy to get in either spreadsheets, email or project management systems. It features customizable dashboards (no more Excel hell!), smart email alerts and the ability to see not just your data, but the critical context behind it, so you get a full picture of how you’re executing, in an easy, efficient and effective way.

No more spreadsheets, no more hounding, no more email overload. Just real visibility into how you’re really executing your most critical strategic initiatives, in easy-to-customize executive dashboards, so you can execute with excellence and achieve better results. Learn how AchieveIt can help you improve strategy execution, today.

NEW GUIDE

Accelerating Results Through Better Strategy Execution

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Get a Custom Demo Today!