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A Fast Business Case

A Fast Business Case

“If we create yet another way to complete this process, then we’ll improve performance, but people will ask why they have to change.”

Change is a hard thing, certainly not the most desired thing, when caused by someone else. If your performance improvement initiative is going to get any traction, you will need to state the business reason for the change. Normally, you don’t have time for a complete business case. Even so, don’t ignore the need. Here are some tips you might be able to use in these situations.

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Integrated PM System and PPM Goals

Integrated PM System and PPM Goals

"If we begin our Integrated PM journey, then we will benefit from project performance improvement in terms of increased perceived value and decreases in operational costs, but we will need to spend some time in setting goals, objectives and strategies of the system, and our PPM discipline."

1) Goals

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Project Portfolios and the GOSPEL of Integrated PM.

Project Portfolios and 
the GOSPEL of Integrated PM.

"If I use the principles of project portfolio management, then I can drive increased value through projects, but our project management and program management practices aren’t mature enough for portfolio management."

I tell my clients that I have one of the best jobs in the World; I go all over the world teaching the GOSPEL. That is, the GOSPEL of Integrated PM. This is a common acronym used to teach project strategic planning, and project portfolio management.

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Targeted Personas in the Project Charter

Targeted Personas in the Project Charter

"If I use the Business Model Canvas as a template for the project charter’s business section, then we can stay business focused during project planning and leverage planning data during the construction of the WBS, but this requires collaboration between the project manager and the project sponsor."

Once you’ve defined and categorized your value proposition, you need to identify who you want to pitch it to. The question, “Who cares?” needs to be answered. Your project may have only one user, or beneficiary. This is the group who will be consuming, using, or benefiting from the deliverables of the project. It is not necessarily the people paying for the deliverables. Who are they, and what do they want?

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The Project Charter of Integrated PM

The Project Charter of Integrated PM

“If I use a project charter, then common comparisons, strategic alignment, and other guidelines and constraints can be stated, but what should a project charter contain for Integrated PM projects?”

There are many different thoughts about what a project charter is, and is not. Organizations using the Project Charter have found what works for them, and culture certainly plays a role in determining the characteristics of a successful or non-successful project charter. Much like purchasing a car, the sticker might not be the biggest consideration when looking at a project.

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The Project Charter’s Value Proposition

The Project Charter’s Value Proposition

"If I identify the value proposition for the project, then I provide direction for downstream decisions, but I don’t have any standard way to clearly state it accurately."

The content of some of the boxes change depending on the project, but the placement of the 9 boxes of the Business Model Canvas is the same. I suppose just how you place these boxes isn’t as important as deciding and then sticking to it. A common look between projects helps identify patterns and facilitates comparisons. The critical thing is to address these characteristics about your projects, and provide a quick summary for comparisons.

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