It's not a new thought. But it does drive home the point that very different industries have similar issues when it comes to project management processes. The thought is that when you have a project where the schedule is being squeezed, it's good to have your project team working as efficiently as possible.
At a client recently, the question came up - how to recover some lost time and to prepare for expected mandated scope additions? It is a traditional multi-national organisation with distributed departments. Project team organisation follows a medium to strong matrix model. The program comprises several linked projects with distributed teams and the program has very high priority within the organisation.
The response of one project team is to co-locate the team in one space to improve the team communication and efficiency. In justifying the cost of co-locating to management, examples from a drug company, a car manaufacturer and information technology were cited. These examples are interesting because they do underline the similarity of issues in organisations where you would not normally look for them.
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