Tuesday Dec 09, 2008

Unstuck By OODA

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[Update 10-Dec-2008 –  review comment from Chet Richards added to the text]

An article in the February 2008 Harvard Business Review (The Experience Trap by Kishore Sengupta, Tarek K. Abdel-Hamid, and Luk N. Van Wassenhove) led me on a treasure hunt of new concepts.

The article prompted me to research the topics of cognitive feedback and situational awareness to see how these fields could be applied to the field of Project Management.

On looking deeper into the body of knowledge around situational awareness I happened on the work of the late Col. John Boyd.

This post reflects on how one lesson taken from this obscure military strategist can make a big difference in your handling of interaction with your stakeholders and ultimately your project outcomes. Boyd’s work provides a great explanation of how project teams can come unstuck from their primary stakeholders and ultimately fail, while apparently doing everything “right”.

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Monday Sep 29, 2008

Scorecarding & Tollgating: Is It Safe?

Is it safe? At many points in a project you (as a professional Project Manager), or the customer, will be asking if it is safe to move to the next phase of the project phase (or to go live).

How do you know the answer? How do you convince the customer? Sometimes the situation might feel like this scene from a classic film.

In this entry I will look at how simple approaches to scorecarding and tollgating can help you answer these two basic questions and improve your results in project phase reviews.

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Friday Sep 26, 2008

Why Lifestyle?

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