Strategic Project Management Made Simple. Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams

  • ID: 686982
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Terry′s books guide your thinking about any reasonably complex goal you′re trying to achieve. I′ve seen very few things in this space that make sense past the paper they′re written on. This is a remarkable exception." —David Allen, author, Getting Things Done

"Terry has created a powerful and actionable methodology for change. Our team at eBay got immersed in it, loved it, and have taken it to heart. I′m definitely adding this valuable tool to my management tool belt." —Arnold Goldberg, Senior Director, Systems Engineering, eBay

"Pound for pound, Terry is the world′s best strategic project consultant."
—Joseph Sunio, Project Manager, Boeing

"Learn from a master as Terry offers practical hands–on tools for tackling the tough issues that keep good leaders awake at night. Terry takes you from the surreal to the real world of strategic thinking and planning." —James Whalen, Vice President, DirecTV, Inc.

"Most projects get off track because the rails have been improperly laid. Terry′s insightful book provides practical ways to ensure that your rails are properly aligned." —Gordon Peters, Founding Chairman, CEO, Institute for Management Studies

"We used this method to organize and execute an awards campaign that earned numerous nominations and awards, including an Oscar®." —Don Levy, Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Digital

"We are actively using these tools to develop global players, local champions, and knowledge entrepreneurs who make a difference in the world." —Dr. Booncharoen Sirinaovakul, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, King Mongkut′s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

"Terry provides a clear and compelling methodology for creating enterprise–wide strategies that integrate all of our sub departments. This is a must–read book for all leaders who want to revitalize their organization." —Dale Hough, Chief of Reengineering, Los Angeles County Assessor′s Office

"This book provides concise, simple, and highly effective tools to turn problems into action plans. No project is too complex when broken down using Terry′s four strategic questions and his Logical Framework tool." —Anne Wu, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, 3M Unitek

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Why I Wrote This Book.

Getting the Most from This Book.

Three Logical Parts.

Part One: Are You Strategic?

Chapter 1. Thinking Outside the bar Chart.

Tackling the big Hairy Issues.

Mastering Strategic Project Management.

Start Smart.

Lessons Learned Along the Way.

Why Read This book?

Beware These Six Dangerous Planning Mistakes.

Key Point review.

Chapter 2. Building Strong Project backbones.

Asking the Four Critical Strategic Questions.

Concepts from the Cornfield.

Making Strategy Simple.

Test Your Strategic If–Then IQ.

Sorting Out Your Objectives.

Organizing Multiple Objectives Into Trees.

Key Points Review.

Chapter 3. Introducing the Logical Framework.

The Best Solutions Tool You′ll Ever Find.

Systems Thinking: Conceptual Foundation o the Logical Framework.

Tackling the Four Critical Strategic Questions.

Grab a Front–Row Workshop Seat.

Ingredients of the Grid.

Key Points Review.

Chapter 4. Aligning Projects With Strategic Intent.

Strategy in a Nutshell.

Juggling Portfolios and Programs.

Managing Multiple Bottom Lines.

Quick and Clean Strategic Planning at Any Level.

Eight Logical Planning Steps.

Key Points review.

Part Two: Mastering the Four Critical Strategic Questions.

Chapter 5. Question #1 – What Are We trying to Accomplish and Why?

Shoot for the Moon.

Linking Objectives Into Logical Levels.

Turning a Problem Into a Set of Objectives.

Terry′s Tips for Clear Objectives.

Exploring Distinctions Among LogFrame Levels.

Sculpting Your Project Masterpiece.

Key Points review.

Application Step #1.

Chapter 6. Question #2 – How Do We Measure Success?

Winning The peace After Winning the War.

Four Tips for Meaningful Measures.

Measures Sharpen Vague Objectives.

Managing Complex Enterprise–Wide Change.

Special Situations Demand Special Measures.

Key Points Review.

Applications Step #2.

Chapter 7. Question #3 – What Other Conditions Must Exist?

The Whoops Hall of Shame.

Spotting Trouble Before It Comes.

How the Log Frame Accommodates Assumptions.

Three Steps for Managing Assumptions.

Making Fine Point Distinctions.

Key Points review.

Application Step #3.

Chapter 8. Question #4 – How Do We get there?

The Ancient Project that Saved the World.

Chunking 101.

Organizing Inputs: Nitty Gritty Project Planning.

Clarify Resource requirements.

Make Responsibility Clear to All.

Applying Schmidt′s Law of Planning Density.

Defining the Next Action Step.

Key Points Review.

Application Step #4.

Part Three: Putting The Concepts Into Action.

Chapter 9. Managing the Strategic Action Cycle.

Taking a "Cycle–Logical" Approach.

Three Types of Assessment.

Type One Assessment: Project Monitoring.

Type Two Assessment: Project Status review.

Type Three Assessment: Project Evaluation.

Celebrating Success.

LogFrame Limitations and Best Practices.

Key Points review.

Chapter 10. Managing the People Dynamics.

The Heart and Soul of Projects.

Engaging Your Key Stakeholders.

Building Your Own Dream Team.

Creating Shared Norms for High Performance.

Sharpening Your Emotional Intelligence.

Techniques for Increasing Your Emotional Intelligence.

Key Points Review.

Chapter 11. Applying These Ideas In Your World.

Exploring a Dozen Dynamic Directions.

Terry′s Tips for Doing the Project RAP (Rapid Action Planning).

Facilitating by Yourself.

Taking Strategic Action Now.

Appendix : reference Tools and Resources.

Blank Logical Framework Grid.

Logical Framework Quality Checklist.

Logical Framework Application Case Studies.

Ongoing Support and Services.

Glossary and Usage of Terms.

About the Author.


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TERRY SCHMIDT is a certified PMP and internationally known management consultant who helps organizations become more strategic, productive, and profitable. He has more than thirty years of experience as an executive, educator, and strategy coach in thirty–four countries. The founder of, he teaches strategic project management at the UCLA Technical Management Program and at the University of Wisconsin, and teaches team–building at the MIT Professional Institute. He is affiliated with the Haines Centre, a global alliance of master consultants in over twenty countries. Terry is a lifelong learner with a BS in aerospace engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Harvard.

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