The Mission Model

Of all the contributors to project success, the one overwhelming factor is ‘clarity’: Clarity about what the project is to achieve; clarity about what success looks like; clarity about value to the stakeholders; clarity about who the stakeholders are, and certainty about the risks that may be encountered. Continue reading The Mission Model

Leadership roles in project management

The Pentagon model is not a definition of leadership, but describes five crucial elements required within change initiatives. The Pentagon icon was adopted to illustrate that the five leadership roles cannot operate in isolation. Individual leaders may take on several of these leadership elements, or more than one person may contribute to one area. An absence or failure of change leadership in any of these key areas will put at risk the entire change initiative. Continue reading Leadership roles in project management

CPPRRSS – the planning process

Books are full of methods and procedures for planning a project, but if you ask a project manager what they do when they are planning, the answer is often far from clear or definitive. It may start with some kind of engagement with the sponsor or main stakeholders to find out what they want. This is then followed by a series of iterations—seeking input from a variety of stakeholders and instantiating this into a proposed approach. The aim is to create a plan which delivers the desired outcomes within the constraints set by the project owners. Continue reading CPPRRSS – the planning process