Category Archives: program management

Where is this project taking us?

It’s interesting to see projects that, although are intended to be initiated out of some kind of strategic planning exercise, are often almost pop-up items. Someone raises an opportunity that’s just too juicy to pass by; or, a senior person in the … Continue reading

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Agenda Execution

I previously described the overall framework for an agenda and how it can largely be automated by making it a recurring, monthly document, tied to business strategy as structured through a balanced scorecard. This avoids having a seemingly random collection … Continue reading

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Duplicate Initiatives – Problem or Opportunity?

It often happens that two or more initiatives are “discovered” to be working on the same thing. So-called scarce resources seem to have been made available, or found, for pure duplication. How can this be? What can be done about … Continue reading

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Keeping the Momentum

It’s approaching the end of the calendar year. Looking back, many organizations have done their strategic planning in the second and third quarters. From there they shifted into budget-setting mode in the fourth. There now lurks a danger: entropy.

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Strategic Collaboration: A Pain in the Rear?

Often organizations have a strategy to collaborate with others. Each may bring complementary components that offer value for all. It could be in terms of geography, customers, products, processes, and so on.

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When the Wish List is Too Long

So, it’s that time of year when strategies, business plans and budgets are being finalized for many organizations. It’s when the gnashing of teeth starts. Groups of people (usually senior leaders below the executive level) have spent quite a bit … Continue reading

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Strategy Execution: Bureaucracy versus Back-Doors

One of the points of debate that will arise as strategy development turns to strategy execution is: who will oversee it and how will we address opportunities that come up that weren’t included in the original plan. Additionally, following from … Continue reading

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Programs: A Bridge Between Strategies and Projects

I don’t know about you, but I find that once a group of middle/senior-level leaders takes a set of given strategic priorities and is tasked with execution, they start to open the floodgates with projects. On one hand, this is … Continue reading

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Multiple committees gumming up strategy execution?

One of the things that can cause the execution of strategy to get gummed up is the existence of multiple committees. They can, without malice, work at cross purposes. How does this happen?

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Strategic Abandonment

Please release me, let me go… A situation that often arises in strategic planning is that a select group gets together and comes up with a bunch – hopefully – of good – hopefully – ideas to help meet corporate … Continue reading

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