One of the most popular posts on one of the most popular Linked-In groups consists of the following exhortation: “Describe Project Management in three words!”
It seems to trivialize the profession, and yet … sometimes I feel like I do in fact have to describe project management in three words. When I do, those words are “Agree, Align, Advance.”
- Agree with key decision makers on the objectives of the project and how you’ll be able to tell when those objectives have been met.
- Align everyone with how you’re going to achieve the objectives.
- Advance the project forward, while maintaining Agreement and Alignment.
I can’t tell you how many projects – including improvement initiatives – I’ve seen fail to achieve what they should due to lack of ongoing agreement and alignment. That’s why these three steps are a cornerstone to our ProChain Operating System and to our associated critical chain implementation processes.
In order to help describe our operating system, we’ve made the as-yet-unpublished ProChain Video Series available to you on our Manifesto Resources page, along with a summary document that contains links to each of the videos. The videos are my attempt to explain how the Agree, Align, and Advance steps work and why they’re important. Have I succeeded? I’d be interested in your feedback; please feel free to post comments here, or on YouTube with the videos.
Please stay tuned for more on this important topic.
- On July 14, 2015