Strategy Execution is an Evolving Art

Back in 2007 the American Management Association [1] conducted a study which defined “strategy” and “strategy execution” as: “strategy, “a major plan that an organization makes to attain a defined and positive business goal,” and strategy execution, “the process of implementing such plans and achieving such goals.” They also stated back ...

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How to Prepare Yourself for a Career Move in Project Management

Many people come to me for coaching because they need support in preparing for a new role. In recent weeks, three of my coachees have discussed some form of career transition with me. The first person –we’ll call him Chris – is a contractor who works as a business analyst ...

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Why Strategic Failures are Increasing and How to Prevent It

In order to achieve strategic initiatives, organisations need to reduce the amount of operational work they do to simply run the business, and increase their activities, in the form of projects, which will change the business. This is a necessary and inevitable response to the changing business world in which ...

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Why Strategy Execution Should be Top Priority For Leaders – Yet Often Gets Ignored

Join our webinar on the 5th December presented by Antonio Rodriguez, the world’s leading champion of project management and strategy implementation. Antonio will discuss why it is that senior executives do not regard strategy execution as an important means for their organisations to succeed in their long term plans. Through ...

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Strategy Execution Today

Like the business world we occupy and the organisations we help, Strategy Execution needs to keep up with the constant pace of change in order to stay relevant. Over the past few years we have evolved and refined our position as the leading educator of project professionals. As we focus ...

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Understanding Your Project Management Strengths and Gaps

The UK government has introduced a Project Delivery Capability Framework (PDCF), which maps the career paths, competencies and development opportunities for individuals working in government in project delivery roles. It’s a PDF document than anyone can access and it’s very long. However, it is useful for anyone trying to work ...

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Do You Have the Resources To Deliver?

Once your organisational strategy is in place, you should be looking at how you can deliver the projects that will help you achieve those strategic goals. That sounds fine in principle, but the big challenge for businesses is making sure that they have the people to do the work. You ...

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Contract Management Skills for Project Managers

During the late 1910s and early 1920s, the Ford Motor Corporation constructed the world’s largest industrial complex along the banks of the Rouge River in Dearborn, Michigan. Henry Ford’s vision of mass production included not only the first production lines, but also the centralisation of the entire production chain. Iron ...

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How To Align Project Goals to Strategy

I’m sure you have heard people talk time and time again about how important it is to align project goals to business strategy – I’ve written about it before along with many other commentators. It really is the current challenge for today’s project leaders. But what is often missing from ...

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The PMO as the Centre Leader

There has been much written and taught about leadership in project management yet very little about the PMO – and what kind of leadership they provide. The PMO Flashmob was hosted at TwentyEighty Strategy Execution’s offices in London for an evening event all about PMO Leadership. There were different aspects ...

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How Many Kinds of Uncertainty Are There?

The sixth edition of ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge’ (PMBOK6) takes a major step forward in its treatment of risk, not only addressing a wider range of ‘uncertainty’ than the simple event (it happens or it doesn’t) risk, but also acknowledging the necessity to integrate project ...

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How to Structure Your Organisation to Drive Innovation

As we discussed in our previous blog the The Five Key Skills With The Greatest Impact on Strategic Execution, choosing the right balance between growth, profitability and risk – while also staying true to core strategies, will help maximise growth. However, organisations also need to innovate. Three key ingredients for successful innovation ...

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The Intrapreneurial Business Analyst

The role of the BA is transitioning from a humble ‘Taker of Requirements’ into a Leader, an Innovator and a Disruptor and this year’s conference presented a myriad of exciting new areas including the Agile BA, design thinking visual modelling, as well as creativity, innovation and leadership. The BA Europe ...

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How do you Lead your Project Team through a Conflict?

Many of us don’t like conflict, but the truth is that it’s difficult to avoid when running a project. There will always be situations when someone within the team has a different opinion about what needs to happen. It’s interesting really that we find conflict so difficult and that we ...

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Why Good Strategies Fail?

In the Leadership and Strategy Execution in a Chaotic World session attended by project leaders as part of our series of Strategy Execution road show events, there was a discussion about why an organisation’s strategies fail. There are a number of categories; there is the formulation and structure of the ...

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