Want to improve your Project Outcomes?

I am excited to inform you that we are starting a new Project Management forum as part of Indiana Renaissance Executive Forums.  I will be your forum leader for this new endeavor.

Our next meeting is Thursday morning, February 16th, in Mishawaka, IN.   If this sounds interesting to you, please contact me at kriches@executiveforums.com.

This blog is about my Project Management journey, and this is one aspect of this journey.  After 25 years of  Nuclear Power Plant design and construction experience, four years ago I made the foray into the manufacturing environment as a New Product Development Manager.  Guess what? The same issues that were present in nuclear design and construction were also present in a manufacturing environment.  The same questions were applicable for both environments:

Do you have major Projects that are critical to your success over coming years?

Are some of these Projects over budget or late on delivery?

Could your key staff benefit from learning how other companies complete Projects?

While larger organizations, with larger projects and overhead budgets, can afford to organize a Project Management Office, we have found that small to medium size organizations are not structured that way.  The peer-to-peer environment supports my Rip-of-and-Duplicate (what I call R&D) philosophy.  Why re-invent the wheel when someone in our forum, or our member companies, has already experienced that problem/issue.  Our forum format has proven successful in helping organizations solve issues with a direct impact on improving the bottom line.

Our quarterly meeting format, with each four hour meeting being held at a forum member location, will be structured as follows:

  • Welcome & Networking
  • Educational Component
  • Host Company Overview
  • Host Company Tour
  • Roundtable Issue Discussion

Our educational components will be focused on Project Management Tools & Techniques, New Product Development best practices, leadership, business acumen, etc..  I also plan on developing a virtual location for collaboration in-between our quarterly meetings.

Our next meeting is Thursday morning, February 16th, in Mishawaka, IN.   If this sounds interesting to you, please contact me at kriches@executiveforums.com.

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