Strategy in Project Management: Michael Porter’s Five Forces

Strategy has always existed, but Michael Porter was the first to create a comprehensive framework for thinking about strategy. His initial framework, and those that followed, are rooted in basic economics, but they extend economics from an aggregated view of the world down to the industry and organizational level. Porter’s original strategic framework from the … Read more

PESTLE Analysis in Project Management and Strategy

PESTLE Analysis – also referenced as PESTEL, PEST, and a number of other variants – is a framework or evaluating macro context factors as part of strategy development. PESTLE is an acronym for Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental. The PESTLE analysis framework is becoming increasingly popular and relevant with the rise of environmental … Read more

SWOT Analysis in Project Management

The SWOT Analysis – an analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats – was developed in the 1960s at Harvard Business School and is one of the earliest strategy frameworks. As simple as it is, it is powerful and can open your eyes to the reality of your situation, both positively and negatively. It can … Read more

Build a Strategic Team for Your Project

This article explores a strategic team building approach. It first takes into consideration the needs of the project specifically, but also the greater organizational needs. It can apply to organizations that primarily do internal projects, or to ones that do projects as a business. To build a strategic team to staff a project, there are … Read more

Target Strategic Business Models for Project Success

Understanding business models is a key to successful project management. Why? If you can understand the business model that you are supporting, you will be better able to create a stronger and more relevant project charter and plan.  You will be in a much better position to measure your project’s success throughout execution based upon … Read more

Project Management and Organizational Strategy

Project management and organizational strategy should be a tight fit – but often are not. It would only seem natural that projects would be designed and managed based upon the reason they exist in the first place. Often it seems like ‘out of the box thinking’ to map project purpose back to organizational strategy and … Read more

Network Effects Definition and Strategy

Many more recent strategies and projects have at their roots the idea of ‘network effects’. At the most basic level, network effects occur when the value of a product, service, or platform increases simply because the number of users increases. This post focuses on initial background about network effects: history of network effects, network effects … Read more

Learn the Essentials of Strategic Project Management

The idea of doing ‘strategic project management’ may sound appealing. It has a buzz to it! But what exactly is strategic project management? This post explores the essentials strategic project management. What Strategic Project Management Could Be When we start a project, we begin by asking what it is all about, what is to be … Read more

About The Strategic PM

Hi – John Reiling here! Welcome to The Strategic PM. Project Managers are typically associated with implementing…but I’ve always thought that was limiting. There is nothing like seeing the big picture to help you deliver more value, to open new opportunities for the organization and you, and to help others. MY STORY My first job … Read more