Gap Analysis: Harrison-Keyes

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Gap Analysis: Harrison-Keyes Harrison Keyes a 100-year-old firm with decidedly old-fashioned ways is currently facing declining sales, decreased market share and weak profits. Harrison Keyes vision to be the world's most dynamic publishing company through outputting innovative information solutions that are essential globally led to Harrison Keyes’s mission objective to provide essential information and insight that enables individuals, markets, and societies to perform to their fullest potential achieved through Harrison Keyes being fundamental to markets, constantly moving forward, operating through diverse leadership and generating consistent revenue and shareholder profits. Harrison Keyes’s mission objective provided the impetus for change that was necessary for continued company growth and development and based on information contained in the Harrison Keyes’s executive summary which summarized the publishing industry and Harrison Keyes situation for the HK Board of Directors, who recognizing continued performance of the company mission by the company was in jeopardy and that HK was in need of revitalization. The board decided upon a strategic objective to launch Harrison-Keyes into the era of 21st century publishing, increase stakeholder profitability and market share by launching an e-publishing initiative. The essence of the initiative consisted of conversion from print to digital and consumer on-line purchasing options inherent in these two objectives were a myriad of steps that are required to make the project strategy and implementation a successful project that turns a profit. Harrison Keyes is six months into the project since conception and the project is about to completely derail. Meg McGill the first CEO and champion of all things digital who outlined the initial implementation plan has been replaced by William Guardo who is unwilling to continue financing a poorly planned, out of control project that is fraught with unresolved issues. Harrison Keyes’s head of the implementation team is Jan Peters who now has one month to regain project process control and close the project gap between success and failure. The only way for Ms. Peters to regain project process control, and gain more time for project implementation is to close the gap and turn project issues into opportunities for project success. This paper will address several possible, previously unused options that can facilitate the process and place the project back on track. Situation Analysis Issue and Opportunity Identification Harrison Keyes’s primary issue was losing project process control when project control is lost the entire project is jeopardized from the smallest phase to the assumed project implementation phase. Control or “involvement” can overcome most problems in small projects.

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