Strategy, PM, and the Low Code No Code Opportunity

“Low code no code” refers to digitization through more efficient means – through “citizen development”. It is a growing trend that shows potential for growing and evolving over the next decade and beyond. This article explores some things that are happening in this growth area, why it exists, and implications for strategy and project management. … Read more

Logic Tree Diagrams for Strategy and Project Management

Problems can sometimes be exceedingly messy, things can get painfully complicated, and communication across stakeholders can seem almost impossible. Logic tree diagrams can be a practical, invaluable, and deceivingly easy tool to help in these situations! This post explores what logic tree diagrams are, the various types of diagrams, and where they can be useful … Read more

A Simple Prioritization Matrix for Strategy and Projects

This post lays out a simple way to identify the highest priority – or highest value – solutions to problems. It then extends that simple model from prioritizing solutions to prioritizing strategies and projects. The best tools are usually the simplest, and that is the case with this simple prioritization matrix! A Simple Prioritization Matrix … Read more

The BCG Growth Share Matrix Diagram for Strategy & Projects

The BCG Growth Share Matrix is a simple but powerful conceptual framework for businesses, large and small. It is still very much applicable today, and well worth mastering for strategic portfolio managers, project portfolio managers, program managers, and project managers. This post provides an introduction to the BCG Growth Share Matrix Diagram, digs into the … Read more

The Experience Curve Concept, Strategy and Your Projects

The idea of the Experience Curve has been around for over 50 years. While businesses, organizations, and markets have evolved, the Experience Curve concept survives and can be very useful for informing decisions, shaping strategy, and guiding implementation. The post explores the origins of the Experience Curve, important nuances to consider, and how it can … Read more

Select and Manage Projects Using a Gap Analysis Diagram

Gap analysis is something that we do naturally when we identify that we want vs what we have. On an organizational level, this natural process requires a more proactive approach that is much more formal, disciplined, and detailed. This post examines what gap analysis is, where it is applied, and its challenges and benefits. Basic … Read more

The McKinsey 7S Framework Model for Program Management

McKinsey’s 7S Framework provides an established and proven model for assessing an organization’s readiness to successfully deliver objective results. A strategy may seem sound, but if the right elements within the organization are not in sync, it will be difficult to implement effectively. Used for over 30 years, the McKinsey 7S Framework Model is focused … Read more

The Nadler Tushman Congruence Model in Project Management

The Nadler Tushman Congruence Model is a useful approach to identifying potential issues with project and change execution at the organization, team, and individual level. It can identify gap areas that need attention, and can help steer toward solutions that will work in the context. Basics of the Nadler Tushman Congruence Model The Nadler Tushman … Read more

Stakeholder Management Matrix: Untangle a Family Business

While large organizations have complex stakeholder relationships, smaller – sometimes very small – family businesses can have a deceivingly complex web of stakeholder relationships. This post explores the nuances of those relationships for project managers working on projects in, or involving, family enterprises. The resulting stakeholder management matrix is quite different from the standard matrix … Read more

Dynamic Capabilities Framework: Useful and Familiar to PM’s

Dynamic capabilities allow an organization to adapt to changing conditions, and thus are increasingly valued as the pace of change accelerates. This ability to change rapidly in the face of change, both positive and negative, is what makes dynamic capabilities so important and valuable as a part of an organization’s business model. A Dynamic Capabilities … Read more