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Moving from Planning to Doing on Your Project

Moving from Planning to Doing on Your Project
By Glenn Briskin

I’m almost three weeks into a new job. This job requires me to build stronger relationships between a complex business environment and its IT providers. No one has had this same job for this business before, so I’m figuring out how to do it. Among many startup considerations, it requires me to consider how much to read vs. how much to act. I’m looking back to old advice and advisers for wisdom.

Early in my career I was lucky enough to participate in a 12 week leadership and management training in the US Air Force called Squadron Officers School. About a thousand junior officers (it was on in 1977) gathered at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama for intensive physical, military, and management training. Among many memories and takeaways I retained was a small foldout card with a few management models we had learned about. Read the Complete Article

Benefits Realization in Project Management

Benefits Realization in Project Management
By Glenn Briskin

We do projects to meet needs. In a previous article I described an example of how a client can ask for something specific, but not have a good understanding of how that will meet their underlying needs. I think that happens a lot.

  • I need a break, let’s go on a trip (will that meet our need to relax?)
  • This house is just too small, let’s buy a bigger one (will that make us more comfortable?)

  • I can’t get the information I need to control costs, we need a new system (will the new system control costs?)

I’ve found that my clients are better off if they stay focused on the outcomes or benefits they want when they make an investment in a change. But, this is hard to do. We quickly jump from the need to the solution. The need and the solution can become disconnected. Read the Complete Article

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