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Managing for Breakthroughs in Productivity

Allan L. Scherr

ALS Consulting

January 2005

Barbados Group Working Paper No. 05-01

This article is about creating and managing projects so as to deliberately and predictably produce results well beyond what could have been reasonably expected beforehand. This methodology was originated in the mid-1980's and applied to 20 engineering projects at IBM with spectacular results. In the years since, many projects in a myriad of fields have been managed using the same techniques with similar results. This article describes the original IBM projects and some of the additional projects undertaken since then. It also outlines the methodology used and provides perspective on why the methodology works and the pitfalls to be avoided.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: Performance, motivation, goals, commitment

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Date posted: January 28, 2005  

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Scherr, Allan L., Managing for Breakthroughs in Productivity (January 2005). Barbados Group Working Paper No. 05-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=655822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.655822

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Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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