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The Methodology as Applied to Business

One of the keys to the success of the Network Centric Management approach is in providing the means of bridging the communication gaps between executives and those tasked to realize the executive's responsibility for achieving their organization's mission, goals and strategic objectives.

Network Centric Management is a business communication and management approach developed by EPMOD to help managers enable a culture of self-managing, super-preforming teams. For over 20 years, this approach has proven effective in leading and motivating teams commited to achieving organizational objectives - sometimes despite a lack of resources - and successfully executing projects of all types and complexities. The Internet-based structured communication network permits organizations to easily implement this approach throughout their operations and supply chain – regardless of location or business affiliation.

The Problem Being Solved:

Too frequently, businesses and governmental agencies  experience huge time and cost overruns on undertakings, especially those involving disparate organizations and teams. In today's competitive  global business environment, managers are expected to manage complex teams that may include individuals from different business units, as well as partners, suppliers and service providers distributed around the globe - but have no effective method for easily communicating with others outside of their functiuonal unit.

In addition, executives holding responsibility for overall operational performance lack the visibility needed within distributed virtual teams to identify and respond to issues that can have an adverse effect on the entire organization.

The Solution:

EPMOD provides a new approach to developing effective, cohesive teams and an Internet-based structured communication network to enable easy communication among all team members with interrelated tasks.

Both the EPMOD approach and the structured communication network are based on the simple concept of obtaining personal commitments among the individuals jointly responsible to achieve specific results at varying levels of management. These individuals, the results expected of them, and person-to-person Internet connections among those with interdependent responsibilities for results, define a structured business network through which the work is managed. This structured business network becomes the "communication backbone" that is built into the software.

Network Centric Management encompasses much more than just project management; it addresses the needs of the entire organization by supporting improved communication, performance planning and monitoring, and individual development.It enables and encourages people to collaborate across organizational boundaries to achieve shared goals, rather than focusing primarily on their functional or departmental interests. Enterprise-wide processes, such as procurment or quality control, can also be integrated within projects while still meeting critical "vertical" business unit goals and compliance requirements.

Network Centric Management is forward-looking, with individual performers responsible for understanding, managing and meeting their own commitments, and remaking commitments as soon as one is in danger of being missed. This supports swift corrective action being taken by those directly affected. It enables holders of varying levels of responsibility to be aware of the current status of their commitments, and to be aware of potential issues or delays at the earliest point in time.

Converting Strategy into Results:

The EPMOD Network Centric approach and the SynapMod software-as-a-service facilitate effective communication and teamwork through the connection of responsible individuals and their interrelated commitments. The result is:

  • Shared responsibility among the many organizations and teams required to meet enterprise commitments
  • All responsible individuals are connected across organizational boundaries, empowering them to eliminate unnecessary gaps in communication
  • It supplements bottom-up reporting by having the comprehensive communication capability that automatically and immediately alerts responsible individuals with status information
  • It empowers responsible individuals to work smoothly and efficiently together in self-formed networks than span organizational boundaries
  • Holders of responsibility and commitments are able to make, honor and remake commitments
  • Keeping on track throughout execution to stay within time and cost expectations

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