Business Process Re-engineering employs methods and best practices to evaluate and improve business process operations.
It is an organizational initiative to optimize the productivity and value of a business. It also requires project oversight.
When it comes to Business Process Re-engineering (BPR), it is critical to envision enterprise goals and establish solid planning, which includes information gathering, information analysis and a well-defined implementation roadmap.
By concentrating on an impact-based focus with discovery, analysis and planning tasks managed at all times, an enterprise can define organizational workflow, develop communication plans, schedule stakeholder analysis, perform end-to-end workflow assessments, examine change requirements to implement and more.
To achieve success at managing a business process re-engineering initiative, project oversight is critical.
According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), project management - which is the foundation of project oversight - is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements and includes the components of initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing. Ideally, project management brings a unique focus shaped by the goals, resources and schedule of each enterprise project.
When it comes strictly to project oversight, there are three mandates that usher in overall project success.
- Identifying Executive Key Activities: The focus of identifying key activities is to detail it enough to eventually come up with a recommendation to address the key activities. To be clearly visible, the executive key activities should be constructed along certain guidelines. For instance, the “SMART” approach (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) can be applied to define and identify executive key activities.
- Ensuring Progress is Aligned with Goals: An important way to ensure project progress aligns with goals is discovering and maintaining relationships between current progress and goals with a clear traceability mechanism. Being able to “trace” means the ability to track a goal’s main relationships through the project life cycle. Traceability should be bi-directional, which means being able to trace progress back to the goals and forward through current design or implementation progress.
- Communication of Status and Issues to Key Stakeholders: It’s important to clearly communicate regular status updates, issues, and risks to key stakeholders on a regular basis. Keeping stakeholders informed on the latest project progress points and consistently alerting stakeholders to any issues or risks that impact the critical path of the project is essential for project success.
With any business process re-engineering initiative, the goal is to manage a business process that includes mobilizing teams to confirm to a set vision and structure, defining organizational and workflow activities, developing communication plans and performing end-to-end workflow assessments - all of which relies on an exceptional degree of project oversight.