SBS helps companies focus on priorities and achieve measurable results
delivering results since 1995
Most major efforts involve multiple projects. We use the term "programme management" to mean coordinating more than one project to achieve a business goal.
Since 1995 SBS has coordinated programmes ranging from development of new products (NPD) and businesses, to implementing services for major clients, to integrating multiple sales departments and to coordinating otherwise-unrelated-partner companies for a common goal. Often this is done across borders. Even thought each project is unique and requires original thought, commonalities do exist and form the basis for some quite successful models we have developed. All our projects have some traits in common:
A Decision Maker: Each project nees a single decision maker. Although this person does not have to be involved on a day-to-day basis, the decision maker must be informed on a regular basis of the status of the project and issues arising which require his/her direction, influence or decision.
Empowered management: General Managers, by definition, have responsibilities spanning many business functions. They almost never have time to take on coordination of a major porject. Yet major projects require GM-like cross-functional span of vision and leadership. Although a promisiing functional leader may take on project ownership, he/she too cannot devote the time or exert the authority to manage and command the necessary resources. An empowered GM-experienced senior Programme Manager, reporting to the GM and with the freedom to focus on this project is an obvious solution to the common problems of programme management and control.
Steering Committee: The results of a project must fit into the organization and be owned by its key players. SBS has models to ensure the results are compatible wit the receiving organization--and that the relevant department leaders are prepared for its arrival. These key players should be included on the Programme Steering Committee.
Communication: Pre-consulting with key players and contributors across functions and across borders is a basic ingredient to a succssful project. Simple, clear and timely communication is essential to managing the dynamics of a project/programme--and to minimizing panic. SBS has some communication models which have worked well in the past.
SBS is a limited company registed in the United Kingdom as Strategic Business Services International Ltd.