Management of strategic programs
Organizations continue to replace middle managers with fleet-footed teams, and it can be difficult for a single executive to manage multiple teams. As a solution to this dilemma, this article proposes the establishment of an Office of Strategic Programs (OSP). The OSP's purpose would be to coordinate the various strategic programs within the organization and to develop and maintain the organization's project management methodologies. The automobile industry's approach to this dilemma has been through the establishment of New Product Timing Offices, which attempt to coordinate an organization's many diverse organizational elements. Although this approach has not been entirely successful, the OSP has the potential to foresee problems and reduce their impact, as well as to track costs and quality.