A Leadership Paradigm Shift for Strategic PM’s

Leadership is complicated. There are many tools and techniques out here – and yet we often default to using an approach that maps to what motivates and inspires us – but not necessarily others. This post reviews several common approaches to inspiring and motivating others. It then explores a simpler and more versatile approach that … Read more

Organizational Change Process Steps and Your Projects

When starting a new project, or new to a role in the organization, you are part of a change. So how can you add more certainty in this change that you are part of? This post explores a change process that can help, regardless of your role. It looks at the various organization situations, how … Read more

Anticipate Conversations: Your Stakeholder Management Map

Stakeholder management is an important topic for project managers executives alike. This post identifies several ways handling stakeholder relationships. It emphasizes an “introspective” approach, with up-front planning for engagement with various levels of stakeholders throughout an initiative’s life cycle. It also looks at stakeholder management from the point of view of the strategy and project … Read more

The STaRS Transition Model for Organization and Career

The STaRS transition model is a strategic and implementation framework that can provide great guidance for you when you are starting in a new role. It applies to a transitioning business manager, program manager, or project manager. This post looks at how change plays a role in any transitional situation. It provides a lens through … Read more

Resource Based View Examples for the Strategic PM

This post introduces the Resource Based View strategic framework and provides examples of using it. It provides an outline or process for applying the framework in practice. It identifies the strengths and shortcomings of RBV as a strategic framework and how to overcome those. Finally, it lays out a road map for leveraging RBV using … Read more

Agile Dynamic Systems Development Method For Strategic PMs

The Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) is a core agile method emphasizing a strong business foundation up front, and execution through the full project development life cycle. This post looks at the key principles and core techniques of DSDM, the strategic implications, and a strategic project manager’s perspective of the DSDM process. What Is the … Read more

The Agile Feature-driven Development Methodology

Feature Driven Development (FDD) is an agile methodology specifically applied to software development. This post explores what FDD is, FDD best practices, implications of FDD for strategy, and how FDD is implemented with other agile methods while managing a project. What Is the Agile Feature-driven Development Methodology? Feature-driven Development (FDD) is one of several agile … Read more

Strategic Project Management and the Agile Crystal Method

The agile Crystal methodology provides a unique flavor to the general agile approach to managing projects. This post defines what the agile Crystal method is, key aspects of the mindset behind the Crystal approach, strategic consideration, and impacts for project managers. What Is the Agile Crystal Method? Crystal was introduced by Alistair Cockburn at IBM … Read more

Pareto Principle Examples, Twitter, & Strategic PM

This post reviews the Pareto Principle – definition, examples, strategic implications, and application to project management. Then it probes how the principle may be at play in the immediate moves by Elon Musk after his takeover of Twitter. Review of Pareto Principle Definition The Pareto Principle, or 80:20 rule, is a rather simple but profound … Read more

A Minimum Viable Product Template for Strategic PM’s

This post explores the topic of Minimum Viable Product as a technique to learn rapidly and inexpensively about what customers want in the face of uncertainty. It looks at examples of Minimum Viable Products and their impact on strategy and project management. What Is a Minimum Viable Product? The illustration at right, by Henrik Kniberg, … Read more