Planning knowledge for phased rollout projects

Bower, D and Walker, D 2007, 'Planning knowledge for phased rollout projects', Project Management Journal, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 45-60.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Planning knowledge for phased rollout projects
Author(s) Bower, D
Walker, D
Year 2007
Journal name Project Management Journal
Volume number 38
Issue number 3
Start page 45
End page 60
Total pages 15
Publisher Project Management Institute
Abstract This paper explores how projects that can be considered as repeatable and replicable in a sequence of deliverables over a period of time can be planned and executed (rolled out) in a way that maximizes knowledge transfer and production from one execution to the next. A variety of management disciplines were reviewed to understand the way that project and program rollouts are treated in IT, product development, organizational learning, and manufacturing literature. These reviews enabled the development of a conceptual model to describe how planning and implementing the rollout of a product or service can be more knowledge-focused and an accompanying capability maturity model. Several examples from real life, including one experienced by one of the authors, were used to illustrate and test the conceptual model. The model integrates knowledge management, change control, and planning in a way that can develop organizational learning and the authors assert that this can improve productivity and both tangible and intangible returns to those that follow the model. An accompanying capability maturity model is also presented. The conceptual model, while initially tested against several real-life cases, needs to be tested against a new set of projects as an action learning research project in order to more fully develop knowledge of the dynamics of learning and improvement in rollout projects. The implication is that when project managers undervalue important learning aspects of phased rollouts, they may miss important organizational learning opportunities.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
DOI - identifier 10.1002/pmj.20005
Copyright notice © 2007 Project Management Institute
ISSN 8756-9728
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