Program and Project Planning

Based on the same premise as the need to ensure clarity and consensus around the e-procurement initiative, the planning phase drops the level of discussion from the strategic to the operational and begins to develop a detailed program plan for the project. Accordingly, the planning phase is usually conducted in a similar workshop setting—to gain the same level of interactive, multifunction discussion and consensus-building—but the attendees are operational-level managers and specialists (from purchasing, finance, MIS, manufacturing, etc.) who know the current procurement process well. This is essentially where the specialists will put the “meat on the bones” of the project initiated by the executive alignment workshop. ...

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