Skills Of A CEO – Within Reach Of A Strategic PM?

Some PM’s aspire to a CEO position. This post digs into this ambitious career objective, the required skills and attributes, strategy and project management as steppingstones to the CEO role, and attractive alternative career objectives. CEO – Is It a Good Career Objective? The answer is, “It depends.” Every person is different, and each person … 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

Incentivizing Definition for the Strategic Project Manager

This post looks under the hood at the challenging topic of incentives. First it offers a definition of what incentives are. Then it looks at the psychology-based theoretical foundation of incentives, and summarizes a list of common incentives offered to employees. Finally, it looks at the impact of incentives as a consideration in strategy and … 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

The Automattic Creed: Long Range Thinking That’s Agile

This post discusses the ‘creed’ for a software technology company, Automaticc. It goes deep with line by line thoughts on the creed, as well as detailed discussion of implications for strategy and project management. This is full of ideas for action for the strategic PM. The Automattic Creed I bumped across this today, and thought … 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

Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville, and Strategic PM

On Saturday this Labor Day Weekend, I heard the sad news that the iconic performer Jimmy Buffett died. How ironic it was for this to happen just before Labor Day weekend in the US – when so many people, like myself, could be immersed in holiday weekend fun and relaxation – and listening to tributes … Read more