CP Kelco, part of the US-based J.M. Huber Corporation, is known for producing nature-based ingredients such as carrageenan and pectin that are used to enhance the texture and consistency of food, personal care, and pharmaceutical products. The company was in the process of developing a new product but encountered a challenge when the project plan required more details. To address this issue, CP Kelco asked DIS/CREADIS for assistance in facilitating a three-day workshop that would help update the project plan and establish a common understanding and overview of the project.
The primary challenge faced by CP Kelco was the need to update the project plan for their new product development. The existing plan lacked the details needed for the project to move forward. This issue led to a critical decision to halt the work and refocus on the project plan. The company recognized the need to bring together all participants involved in the project, including engineering, commercial entities, and development teams, to update the project plan and address cross-functional cooperation.
CP Kelco approached DIS/CREADIS to facilitate a three-day workshop to update the project plan, which involved approximately 25 employees. The workshop aimed to bring together all participants involved in the project to establish a common understanding of the project's status, progress, opportunities, and challenges. The workshop addressed cross-functional cooperation between engineering and commercial entities, the general development of the project, and finally, how to best plan the next phases of the project. DIS/CREADIS's consultant coordinated all the practical issues, allowing CP Kelco’s internal project manager to focus on the project's management.
During the workshop, the team worked together to identify areas for improvement in the plan and establish a clear understanding of the project's progress. The workshop fostered great cooperation between internal and external teams, and this led to an effective update of the plan. This enabled CP Kelco to manage the project successfully and hand it over to the development team for the next steps in the business development process.
CP Kelco recognized the value of partnering with a consulting firm such as DIS/CREADIS to facilitate the workshop and update the project plan. The company appreciated DIS/CREADIS’s understanding of the project and their ability to ask the necessary critical questions to identify areas where the plan could be improved. The workshop was intense, but CP Kelco’s internal project manager could rely on DIS/CREADIS’s consultant to coordinate all the practical issues and ensure smooth running, which enabled her to focus on project management. The partnership with DIS/CREADIS allowed CP Kelco to overcome the challenge of updating the project plan and move forward with the development of their new product successfully.
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