Learn project management to gain skills for strategies

Project management skills are often underestimated because some organizations use these positions for something else. They don’t understand the basics for starting and ending, not continuous status which is operations. Schedule, scope and budget are coming from strategic process and analyzed in portfolio analysis. It means there’s no reason to have a project without a strategic objective, a goal.

 

To be better in project management there are tools like portfolio management and earned value calculation. Background in project management is good for strategy managers. Program manager is more experienced; and in program management level decisions are no longer for one work package or task level like in projects.

 

Certifications can help to learn basics about project management. But real experience is much more important for any project manager. That’s why only through experiences, not just a short term, managers become better. At least need to be part of the project team.

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Be sometimes difficult and say NO!

Barack Obama says he often listened people who said no. This is a good way to get other members of board interested. You will surprise and stop discussion. Then it can be analyzed together more. Careful analysis will have several scenarios to select from, all of them have benefits and risks, etc.

 

Strategy managers setup direction with others. That’s why saying no is controlling.  Because strategic objectives and goals need commitment, it’s important to be sure about direction. Advice why something isn’t correct and need to be changed early enough.

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Setup goals and business objectives!

Goals can be both short-term and long-term.  Examples for short-term goals could come from marketing campaigns like sales increase in a certain period of time.  Example for long-term goals may be part of organizational change like re-structuring or cost efficiency.

 

Once goals are decided and listed, there need to be Key Performance Indicators which are followed. Goals will not have affection without people. They must be communicated and understood as well. Best way is to assign responsible person for each goal

Business objectives are coming from vision and mission of an organization.  Board of directors will select most important objectives and goals and strategic process can start after it. Main reasons to have new or changed business is a crisis or other need (it comes internal or external).

Strategy managers can help others by making both source and output analysis, for example scenarios. Different scenarios are options, you select the one which is most likely to success. If there’s no clear idea for objectives and directions, a strategy isn’t possible to be formulated.

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A process for becoming creative innovator

You can follow a process which makes you to become a creative innovator. Adapt the similar process across your organization to make it part of the ecosystem. Below steps are your starting point for new success!

 

Associate

Mind mapping is good for learning new things. It’s great to make ideas happens because then you must link things to each other. Also once one new ball is drawn you have to think is it the end of something more still.

Post-it papers on wall (multiply) is typically used  in any workshop. We wants to know about current situation or find new ways to do things and so on. Later need to think how all of those ideas will work.

Design thinking will follow a process. It definitely has high impact if used right. You can have different things to create a prototype or just follow people do their daily job and find new things. Learn design thinking!

 

Question

Role play where others create new ideas and one is a person to ask more questions like how, why or  what is a good in making innovations happen.  Systems which will automatically generate questions you need to answers to insert new data of your ideas or innovations is also possible.

You can create a list for yourself that you always follow and make check before generating to others.  If you prepare a presentation you can also practice in front of a mirror.  Which might be possible questions? A new marketing campaign or way to advertise is often copied, but you can think how to advertise your idea.

 

Observe

Some systems are able to record time, steps, conclusions for user actions. It’s not that clear always. Amazon uses your previous buying records, or what you searched and others also found products with same terms based on your activities.

Many marketing innovations are quickly copied because competitors are seeing what you do. If it’s totally unique it’s hard to copy. Make it part of your enterprise strategy!

Feedback is a traditional way to collect information. It can be used many cases for example time to time internally or from customers. When you get more strategic, put it part of balanced scorecard. In that you have KPIs that require answers from your partners or customers. Follow by time.

 

Network

Use applications like Meetups to find interesting events to participate and meet like-minded or even places where you challenge yourself. I use it a lot when I travel. Other way is to join some big company event, for example Alibaba cloud related free seminars or conferences.

You can start learning  new things. Participate in university MBA program or some smaller course which you will have classmates to network.  

Companies can have partnerships and it will benefit all participants to share information free of charge. Sometimes get even without money a new product. You can start your own community online. It’s easy but takes more time!

 

Experiment

Ask people to join a meeting  which they don’t know before. They must do something what they didn’t expect. I have put in kickoff meetings break program to do small exercise or think new ways.  If it’s not possible change your usual role or wear different. At least people will concentrate and act differently on that day towards you.

Tell news that will shock or make people see you in a different way. It can be a risk. And you can make it less big, so that it won’t change the whole setting.  Organize stuff differently and people need to adapt. Take for example a new seat.

Take people out to new places they don’t know before and see how it affects to team dynamics or just go normal way. These are easy to do!

 

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