Using a strategic management method with your project doesn't indicate that you are going to adjust the plans of your project or the foundation and tools that you are utilizing to put it in place. A strategic plan is more about using a different project method altogether. It deals with being able to step away from the project for the purpose of looking at it and analyzing it from a different viewpoint.
Usually during the course of the project's life, you would monitor and evaluate it closer to the finishing end of the project. This particular method modifies that by looking in on and evaluating essential sections of the implementation phase in order to get positive results. It is essential that you understand what works and what must be changed within a timely manner. When managing the project, you must learn how to see the project from a strategic viewpoint. If you only concentrate on the day to day tasks of executing the project, how will you ever be knowledgeable about which project tools are actually getting the job done? How do you assess the effectiveness of what you are doing? What should your guidelines be?
For the purpose of creating a strategic management method that supports the present usage and the long term effect of the project from the very beginning, answer these questions:
What is the overall goal of the project?
How do all of the planned activities of the project relate to that goal?
What has happened or changed since the start? Why?
How will it look in the next three years? What will be the effect?
How can this effect be assessed? What qualitative and quantitative guidelines do you possess to prove the credibility of your project's success?
Who will benefit from the success of the project? Will there be winners and loser? Why
A strategic management method has seven stages:
1. Study the project's actual aim and purpose.
2. Measure the objectives, activity and value of the project.
3. Measure the present strength, success and achievement. Take into consideration the quantitative and qualitative outcome.
4. Study what added to these successes.( Look at the internal/external assets and abilities.)
5. Measure the hardships and gaps. Study what added to them.
6. Modify your present project's plan so that you can use the best methods and plans to fill in the gaps.
7. Create a productive outlook. What is it about this project that is inspirational enough to put it in progress? How will you know if your project is successful?
About the Author
Majlinda Priku is an experienced manager, a leader and an expert coach in capacity building, business management and personal development. She is a strong believer and implementer of participatory methods and is well-known for identifying, utilizing and optimizing internal resources within agencies, groups or individuals, in order to facilitate successful decision making processes, context analysis, visual strategic roadmaps etc.She is the owner of http://www.managementskillsadvisor.com