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

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

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

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

The Meta City, Remote Work, & the Strategic Project Manager

This post provides an overview of the “Meta City” phenomenon – a fascinating evolution of society and geography. It then provides examples of three large organizations and how they are moving in new directions strategically and operationally, in line with Meta Cities. Finally, the post discusses several impacts to consider in the practices of strategy … Read more

The McKinsey Digital Quotient Framework for Strategic PM’s

This post provides an overview of the McKinsey Digital Quotient Framework. It then unpacks the components and sub-components of the framework, and identifies impacts of the framework to both strategy and project management. Finally, it identifies implications for an organization’s future. What Is the McKinsey Digital Quotient Framework? The following 1-minute video from McKinsey & … Read more

An AI Ecosystem Framework for Strategic Project Success

This post re-examines the concept of ecosystems around organizations from an AI perspective.  It explores ideas around an ‘AI ecosystem’ and discusses impacts for strategy and project management. Review: What Is an Ecosystem? An ecosystem in biology is a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscape, work together … Read more

Business Core Values Examples for the Strategic PM

This post introduces the concept of Core Values – what they are, and where they are used. It provides examples of Core Values used in sports and transitions from sports to Core Values in business. Finally, it considers the link between Core Values and strategy, and Core Values and project management. What Are Core Values? … Read more