Embrace Mission™

Mission is about people, not projects. -- Todd Engstrom

Behavior without purpose is the essence of chaos.

Critical mission perspectives include:

  • Initiating the right mission is only possible after engaging in your System and understanding the problem/opportunity.
  • Wrap your mission with differentiating and impactful TOBA -- Thinking, Organizing, Behavior, and Actions.
  • Embrace 80/20 thinking throughout your mission to reduce complexity and focus on vital requirements.
  • Use visualization to understand the System and its parts holistically.

Commit to the right approach, organization, and resource consumption that enable mission success.

Increase Your Project's Long-term Success

Wrap Your Project with Capability Thinking®

Leaders must consider capabilities and outcomes and how they are successfully maintained and exploited long-term for competitive advantage.

Projects deliver capabilities. How will those capabilities be agilely supported, extended, and adapted to changing business needs in the long term?

Use a Capability "Wrapper"
Plan and deliver projects using a "capability" wrapper. That wrapper benefits your project investment long-term by:

  • Ensuring you're solving the right problem with the right solution.
  • Implementing people-related resources to deliver, sustain, and support your solution optimally.
  • Continuing post-implementation focuses on leveraging, exploiting, and extending capabilities to adapt to your organization's changing business needs. 
  • Increasing your capability and agility in responding to market opportunities.
  • Enhancing your capability's long-term return on investment (ROI).

Initiate the Right Mission

Solve the Right Problem

Define Succinct Outcomes

Minimize Resource Consumption

Define Clear Organization

Embrace Engagement

Align on Right Approach

Commit to Your Mission

Control Your Destiny

At times, projects may seem out of control, and business people may feel that they’re at the mercy of technical gurus.

Nothing could be further from the truth. You and your team can control your destiny when working with technology/partner teams on projects.

All it takes is:

  • Engagement
  • Sound business acumen
  • The courage to do what’s right

If something doesn’t feel right, chances are it isn’t. Engage and don’t let up until the problem is identified and solved.

Critical actions include:

  • Commit to your project -- think, organize, behave, and act from day one
  • Manage the checkbook
  • Create a balanced and realistic plan
  • Base your plan on proven practices
  • Control project work through the management process
  • Document and agree to abort criteria

Approve Fee Arrangement

There are three basic types of fee arrangements. Each has variations and pertains to labor, expense, and contingency components. Actual hardware, software, and other costs are usually billed as incurred.

  • Time and materials
  • Fixed fee (Let's be clear; there's no such thing as a fixed fee. However, there's such a billing arrangement as a fixed fee for fixed scope. And we all know that scope never remains fixed.)
  • Firm price

Criteria for selecting the type of  fee arrangement include:

  • Project type and size.
  • Predictability.
  • Scope management rigor.