Management “Nexus” – the intersection of multiple disciplines

Posted on September 14, 2010 by

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Nexus – 1. a means of connection; tie; link. 2. a connected series or group. 3. the core or center, as of a matter or situation.

In geek’dom – a moderately successful 1994 Star Trek movie that saw one 700 year old guy named Soran (wonder if they’d been reading Tolkien) not only take on Picard and Kirk but actually dispatch Kirk to eternity when thousands of Klingons, Romulans and strange alien women could not.

The word Nexus came to my mind this week in the course of creating a customized course for a client that blends business analysis, lean-six sigma, project management and procurement management  From 2005 until present I have shared several presentations and occasional keynotes on the topic of the Project Management Nexus. The term seems apropos for the business climate today: driving revenue, controlling cost and thriving or surviving requires mastering several allied disciplines.

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bad nexus - Star Trek VI

It’s not enough to merely juggle a project management office and establish ground rules for delivering projects – ensuring those projects meet customer expectations (strengths of business analysis, lean and six sigma) is essential. It’s not enough to eliminate variation (six sigma) if the execution of follow-on projects fumbles (project management). It’s no longer a savvy career move to be master of one or a jack of all trades – survival requires proficiency across the board.

Over the course of the next several weeks and blog posts, we’ll pick up the concept of “management nexus” and weave in concepts that touch multiple disciplines. As we do hopefully the value of proficiency across disciplines will become apparent. As we do please do share your own experience in managing your nexus!