Using Hassle Maps for Strategy and Project Management

Hassle Maps are a great strategic tool for managing and optimizing relationships customers and stakeholders. They have helped to transform businesses, especially when confronted with change, and have the potential to transform organizations and customer relationships of all types. This post examines what Hassle Maps are, their usefulness, examples, and the application of Hassle Maps … Read more

What Are the Benefits and Importance of Mass Customization?

When mass production rose in the early 1900s with the Model T Ford, the saying went, “You can have any color you want…as long as it’s black!” Mass production grew in importance, but advances in technology have enabled more flexibility and a more modern twist on the theme: Mass Customization. This post explores what Mass … Read more

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

Importance of Focus in Strategy and Project Management

In many ways, strategy and project management are very simple. It really comes down to just a few basic principles. One of them is focus – what is sometimes thought of as the 80:20 rule, or doing the 20% of things that bring 80% of the results. The 80:20 rule works, whether in our personal … Read more

Michael Porter on Strategy and Project Management

Michael Porter, top Harvard Business School Professor and one of the most well-known long time strategy experts in the world, spoke at the PMO Symposium by the Project Management Institute (PMI) a few years ago. You can watch the one-hour video here: Michael Porter on Aligning Strategy and Project Management. This post explores the key … Read more

Pattern Recognition Techniques: from Venture Capital to PM

Pattern recognition today is a popular topic largely because pattern recognition techniques have leveraged advanced technology, such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. However, there also is very much a human side to pattern recognition, and it is applicable to developing strategies and managing projects. This post explores the value of pattern recognition, where it … Read more

For Project Managers: What is the Definition of Innovation?

Innovation is an important topic these days simply because it is becoming critical to survival – for companies, governments, and people. Indeed, we have seen the effect on all three of the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Innovations are usually not completely new, a single stroke of genius, or just about a product. Let’s explore the … Read more

Is Design Thinking for Projects…or Strategy…or Both?

Design thinking has been around for decades, but it has taken root more deeply in recent years. As the transition to a digital economy continues, design thinking plays a role in making and keeping the customer first. It also supports shorter delivery time frames, increases chances of project success, and wards off the effects of … Read more

Get Agile About Strategy: Develop a Strategic Agility Competency

What do you get when you combine Agile with Strategy? If there is such a thing, I would call it Strategic Agility Competency. Strategy, like project management, is plagued with the dilemma that while planning is good, the world changes so fast that the time it takes to plan can result in a changed value … Read more

The Evolution of Strategy: In Sync With the Evolution of Project Management

A common theme in virtually every facet of life is that the pace of change is accelerating. This post is about how the pace of change is affecting strategic planning cycles in a way that closely parallels the transition of project management methodologies from waterfall to agile. This article shows that strategic planning cycles are … Read more