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Life on Project Earth

Welcome to Project Earth, where most work related things seem to end up becoming a project

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The State of Project Earth

Figure 1. Anonymized customer list supplied by a vendor of work management tools. Job titles randomly selected. (451 Research)

Needed: Multiple Ways of Working on Projects

A “Project Canvas” by Any Other Name

Figure 2. The Project Canvas as presented by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez (Harvard Business Review, November-December 2021)
  1. Project Purpose and Benefits. Why are we doing this project, and what are the key quantitative and qualitative benefits it is expected to deliver?
  2. Stakeholders and Project Resources Required. Who are the Sponsors of this project and the other Key Stakeholders? What resources will be needed to deliver this project?
  3. Project Investment. What will the project cost the organization, at least in terms of an initial set of investments?
  4. Key Project Deliverables. There is an old project management saying: if a project task isn’t driving toward a specific deliverable, then why are we doing it? What are the tangible deliverables this project will deliver?
  5. Project Approach How will the project be executed, and what Critical Success Factors are being considered in the project approach?
  1. Project Portfolio Importance or Rating. How does this project fit into the strategic objectives of the active project portfolio(s)? If there isn’t a project portfolio defined, why not? (according to PMI, A Project Portfolio is a collection of projects, programs and other work that is grouped together to facilitate the effective management of that work to meet strategic business objectives.)
  2. Ongoing Cost / Benefit Once Project Implemented. What are the likely ongoing costs and benefits (quantifiable and qualitative) that will result from the project’s implementation.
  3. Project Risks Identified. Identifying the risks associated with a project before it is embarked upon is nothing short of critical.
  4. Stakeholder Assessment and Organization Change Management Plan. Not all projects will require an elaborate Organizational Change Management Plan, but without at least a simple Stakeholder Assessment there is no way to know if you’ll need extensive Organization Change Management to be part of the project.
  5. Project Method(s) Selected Define the project methods that will be employed and why. This item will be linked to the Project Approach, above, but will also articulate the structure of the project. Will the software elements of the project be pure Agile Scrum? If not, why not?
  6. Overall Project Execution Priority A rating / assessment of the project’s overall priority, which will help determine if the project should be executed sooner than later or ever.
Figure 3. An Example of one Page Project Canvas (Blue Globe Management Consulting)



Brutally honest thinking and commentary about managing (and sometimes even just surviving) Projects edited by Peter Walzer, Principal of Blue Globe Management Consulting (a division of Blue Globe Group, Inc.,

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Peter Walzer

Peter Walzer has over 30 years of experience in management consulting, project management, systems development, and “get up you’re not hurt” persistence.