Comparing My Eight Steps

In my last blog, I listed the eight steps I use as the framework for How to Manage a Great Project. Now, I want to compare these steps to other frameworks for which I have a high regard:

The interpretations that lead to the mappings below are all mine and do not necessarily represent the way their authors would compare the two processes. Nor, indeed, do they imply either that the author would describe their model as a process or that they would even offer any endorsement for my eight steps.

With the caveats over…

  • APM: Undertake gate review
Step 0: Where are you now and what do you know?
  • Afterburner: Evaluate Lessons Learnt (see also step 8)
Step 1: What do You Want?
  • APM: Define scope of work
  • Glen Alleman: ‘Where are we going?’
  • James Leal: Define objectives and scope
  • James Leal: Define deliverables
  • Nick Jenkins: Know your goal
  • Nick Jenkins: Promise low: deliver high
  • Afterburner: Determine mission objective
Step 2: Does it Stack Up?
  • APM: Perform investment appraisal
Step 3: Who Cares?
  • James Leal: Communication
  • Nick Jenkins: Know your stakeholders
Step 4: How will You Get What You Want?
  • APM: Schedule work
  • APM: Bottom-up cost estimates
  • Glen Alleman: ‘How do we get there?’
  • Glen Alleman: ‘Do we have enough time, resources and money to get there?’
    (see also step 5)
  • James Leal: Project planning
  • Nick Jenkins: Spend time on planning and design
  • Afterburner: Identify available resources (see also step 5)
  • Afterburner: Develop the plan
Step 5: Who Will Help?
  • APM: Define project organisation and assign responsibilities
  • APM: Assign and level resources
  • Glen Alleman: ‘Do we have enough time, resources and money to get there?’
    (see also step 4)
  • Nick Jenkins: Know your team
  • Afterburner: Identify available resources (see also step 4)
Step 6: What if it goes Wrong?
  • Glen Alleman: ‘What impediments will we encounter along the way?’
  • James Leal: Risk Management
  • Nick Jenkins: Iterate, increment, evolve*
  • Afterburner: Identify the threats
  • Afterburner: Plan for contingencies
Step 7: How is it Going?
  • Glen Alleman: ‘How do we know we are making progress?’
  • James Leal: Tracking and reporting progress
  • James Leal: Change management
  • Nick Jenkins: Stay on track
  • Nick Jenkins: Manage change
  • Nick Jenkins: Test early: test often
Step 8: How did it Go?
  • Afterburner: Evaluate Lessons Learnt (see also step 0)

Nick Jenkins’ tenth axiom applies everywhere: ‘Keep an open mind’
Hear, hear.

Here is a poster that I created with my eight steps. You can download this poster as a full colour A4 pdf file by clicking on the image.

* This axiom of Nick’s reminds me of something an old friend and excellent project management expert, Tony Quigley, used to say:

‘The alternative to incremental development is excremental development’

Do let me know what frameworks you find helpful and I will add the mapping.


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