The Buyer Value Equation, Strategy, & Project Management

This post introduces the Buyer Value Equation – a simple concept that is challenging in practice but a powerful and focusing. It then digs deeper into the two components of the framework: Benefits and Cost. For clarity, it discusses the pros and cons of the framework. Finally, it looks at the impact and application of … Read more

VRIO Framework Analysis For The Strategic Project Manager

This post provides an overview of the VRIO analysis framework, a very useful framework today for both strategists and PM’s. It then does a deep dive into each component of the framework, with examples. The post then provides specific areas where the framework can be most effectively applied as part of a strategic analysis. Finally, … Read more

Project Management Software Comparison: A Strategic View

This post takes a strategic view of the project management software landscape. First, it identifies a dozen key features of PM software. Then it compares functionality across those key features for 10 popular PM software vendors. Next it identifies strategic implications by citing 5 strategy frameworks that can be helpful. Finally it identifies project management … Read more

Job Burnout Causes & a Need for Challenge for Strategic PMs

This post provides some insights into a difficult topic: job and career burnout. It looks first at what the typical causes of job burnout are. Then it focuses on one unique cause of burnout – lack of challenge. Finally, it looks at implications – approaches and actions – for strategy and project management for this … Read more

Basic Psychology Principles: Impacts For The Strategic PM

Strategy and Project Management demand a wide base of skills. It’s not just about strategy frameworks and PM approaches. This post examines basic psychology principles. It surveys key formal principles, and more from seasoned “feet on the ground” in the business world. Finally, it looks at where these principles apply directly in practicing strategy and … Read more

Skills Of A CEO – Within Reach Of A Strategic PM?

Some PM’s aspire to a CEO position. This post digs into this ambitious career objective, the required skills and attributes, strategy and project management as steppingstones to the CEO role, and attractive alternative career objectives. CEO – Is It a Good Career Objective? The answer is, “It depends.” Every person is different, and each person … Read more

Agile Portfolio Management Framework for the Strategic PM

This post looks in depth at the piece parts of agile portfolio management. After defining agile portfolio management, it delves into some of the specific agile principles at work. Then it identifies the key portfolio management activities and how they play a role. Then it looks at the role of strategy in agile portfolio management. … Read more

Incentivizing Definition for the Strategic Project Manager

This post looks under the hood at the challenging topic of incentives. First it offers a definition of what incentives are. Then it looks at the psychology-based theoretical foundation of incentives, and summarizes a list of common incentives offered to employees. Finally, it looks at the impact of incentives as a consideration in strategy and … Read more

Charlie Munger Mental Models: Frameworks for a Strategic PM

This post looks at the mental models of the late renowned investor, Charlie Munger. It describes those mental models using Charlie’s ‘checklist’, where his values intersected with his action steps. Finally, the post applies these same steps to strategy and project management, identifying similarities and differences, all to stimulate thinking as a strategic project manager. … Read more