Strategic Project Management Made Simple : Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-09
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When Fortune Magazine estimated that 750f all strategies fail, it also noted that most of these strategies were basically sound, but could not be executed. The central premise of Project Management Made Simple is that most projects and strategies never get off the ground because of adhoc, haphazard, and obsolete methods used to turn their ideas into coherent and actionable plans. Project Management Made Simple is the first book to couple a step-by-step process with an interactive thinking tool that takes a strategic approach to designing projects and action initiatives. Project Management Made Simple builds a solid platform upon four critical questions that are vital for teams to intelligently answer in order to create their own strong, strategic foundation. These questions are:1. What are we trying to accomplish and why?2. How will we measure success?3. What other conditions must exist?4. How do we get there?This fresh approach begins with clearly understanding the what and why of a project comprehending the bigger picture goals that are often given only lip service or cursory reviews. The second and third questions clarify success measures and identify the risky assumptions that can later cause pain if not spotted early. The how questions what are the activities, budgets, and schedules comes last in our four-question system. By contrast, most project approaches prematurely concentrate on the how without first adequately addressing the three other questions. These four questions guide readers into fleshing out a simple, yet sophisticated, mental workbench called "the Logical Framework" a Systems Thinking paradigm that lays out one's own project strategy in an easily accessible, interactive 4x4 matrix. The inclusion of memorable features and concepts (four critical questions, LogFrame matrix, If-then thinking, and Implementation Equation) make this book unique.

Author Biography

TERRY SCHMIDT is a certified PMP and internationally known management consultant who helps organizations become more strategic, productive, and profitable. He has more than thirty years of experience as an executive, educator, and strategy coach in thirty-four countries. The founder of www.ManagementPro.com, he teaches strategic project management at the UCLA Technical Management Program and at the University of Wisconsin, and teaches team-building at the MIT Professional Institute. He is affiliated with the Haines Centre, a global alliance of master consultants in over twenty countries. Terry is a lifelong learner with a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard.

For more on Terry and Strategic Project Management Made Simple, visit www.managementpro.com

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Why I Wrote This Bookp. xvi
Getting the Most from This Bookp. xvii
Three Logical Partsp. xviii
Are You Strategic?
Thinking Outside the Bar Chartp. 3
Tackling the Big Hairy Issuesp. 5
Mastering Strategic Project Managementp. 7
Start Smartp. 8
Lessons Learned Along the Wayp. 10
Why Read This Book?p. 12
Beware These Six Dangerous Planning Mistakesp. 13
Key Points Reviewp. 17
Building Strong Project Backbonesp. 19
Asking the Four Critical Strategic Questionsp. 20
Concept from the Cornfieldp. 22
Making Strategy Simplep. 25
Test Your Strategy If-Then IQp. 28
Sorting out your objectivesp. 30
Organizing Multiple Objects Into Treesp. 34
Key Points Reviewp. 37
Introduction the Logical Frameworkp. 40
The Best Solution Tool You'll Ever Findp. 40
System Thinking: Conceptual Foundation of the Logical Frameworkp. 42
Tacking the Four Critical Strategic Questionp. 44
Grab a Front Row Workshop Seatp. 46
Ingredients of the Gridp. 56
Key Points Reviewp. 61
Aligning Projects With Strategic Intentp. 63
Strategy in a Nutshellp. 64
Juggling Portfolios and Programsp. 67
Managing Multiple Bottom Linesp. 69
Quick and Clean Strategic Planning at Any Levelp. 71
Eight Logical Planning Stepsp. 72
Key Points Reviewp. 82
Mastering The Four Critical Strategic Questions
Questions #1-What Are We Trying to Accomplish and Why?p. 87
Shoot for the Moonp. 88
Linking Objectives Into Logical Levelsp. 89
Turning a Problem Into a Set of Objectivesp. 92
Terry's Tips for Clear Objectivesp. 95
Exploring Distinctions Among LongFrame Levelsp. 99
Sculpting Your Project Masterpiecep. 105
Key Points Reviewp. 107
Application Step #1p. 108
Question #2-How Do We Measure Success?p. 110
Winning the Peace After Winning the Warp. 111
Four Tips for Meaningful Measuresp. 112
Measures Sharpen Vague Objectivesp. 118
Managing Complex Enterprise-Wide Changep. 123
Special Situation Demand Special Measuresp. 124
Key Points Reviewp. 128
Application Step #2p. 129
Question #3 -What Other Conditions Must Exist?p. 131
The Whoops Hall of Shamep. 132
Spotting Trouble Before It Comesp. 134
How the LogFrame Accommodates Assumptionsp. 134
Three Steps for Managing Assumptionsp. 135
Making Fine Point Distinctionsp. 139
Key Points Reviewp. 141
Application Step #3p. 142
Question #4-How Do We Get There?p. 143
The Ancient Project That Saved the Worldp. 144
Chunking 101p. 144
Organizing Inputs: Nitty Gritty Project Planningp. 147
Clarify Resource Requirementsp. 150
Make responsibility Clear to Allp. 151
Applying Schmidt's Law of Planning Densityp. 155
Defining the Next Action Stepp. 159
Key Points Reviewp. 160
Application Step #4p. 161
Putting The Concepts Into Action
Managing the Strategic Action Cyclep. 165
Taking a "Cycle-Logical" Approachp. 165
Three Types of Assessment: Project Monitoringp. 169
Type one Assessment: Project Monitoringp. 169
Type two Assessments: Project Status Reviewp. 171
Type Three Assessments: Project Evaluationp. 172
Celebrating Successp. 176
LogFrame Limitations and Best Practicesp. 176
Key Points Reviewp. 178
Managing the People Dynamicsp. 179
The Heart and Soul of Projectsp. 179
Engaging Your Key Stockholdersp. 180
Building Your Own Dream Teamp. 183
Creating Shared Norms for High Performance
Sharpening Your Emotional Intelligencep. 189
Techniques for Increasing Your Emotional Intelligencep. 190
Key Points Reviewp. 193
Applying These Ideas In Your Worldp. 195
Exploring a Dozen Dynamic Directionsp. 195
Terry's Tips for Doing the Project RAP (Rapid Action Planning)p. 198
Facilating by Yourselfp. 201
Taking Strategic Action Nowp. 202
Appendix: Reference Tools and Resourcesp. 205
Blank Logical Framework Gridp. 206
Logical Framework Quality Checklistp. 208
Logical Framework Application Case Studiesp. 211
Ongoing Support and Servicesp. 237
Glossary and Usage of Termsp. 241
About the Authorp. 243
Indexp. 245
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