When I wrote the book ‘Fry a Monkey. Create a Solution’ I had only one idea in mind – that it be useful to people who facilitate (today, that’s most… Read more »
Traditionally, project managers tend to be risk-focused and assess project risks, ranging from those that are most likely to cause system failures (integration, security, etc) or have a huge cost impact (licensing, outsourcing, etc), to those that might push the schedule back in failed scenarios (resource related risks). A lot of time is spent looking at ways of de-risking situations and analyzing what could go wrong.
John Nicol helps answer these questions and explains how Solution Focus (SF), due to its collaborative and facilitative nature can be a very powerful tool to enable project discussions with failures removed.
John is a SF professional and a Certified Scrum Master. As a SF professional, he has been successfully applying the approach in different types of businesses. He suggests the following 5 ways SF can complement project management.
Look at successful methods of doing things to enable progress
Apply SF “future perfect” tool for better project planning
Leverage SF coaching to self-organize teams
Acknowledge and reward your team to promote solution-talk
Maintain transparency in communication with the Business Partners to create visibility
How many people do you know who wouldn’t understand a win-win conversation if their life depended on it?
What do we mean by win-win? Both parties know how to assert their respective needs.
Guest blog post by Ujjwal Daga, ———————- Efficiently planning a complex multi-modal marketing plan, executing the plan on time and on budget, measuring and evaluating the campaign’s effectiveness, and ultimately… Read more »
Management professor Richard Rumelt asserts that bad strategy abounds in organizations. Former CEO John Bell asserts clarity via strategic plans captured in one page. Not much to disagree with on… Read more »
Most organizations have a comprehensive Change Management Plan to address the changes to scope, schedule or budget of a project. Using this framework, the Project Managers try to quantify the impact of the changes and make decisions accordingly.
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How many times have you seen a SWOT analysis tilting to one side because the Threats and Weaknesses outweighed the Strengths and Opportunities? Why do teams build their plans on the things they already know are not working? Here’s some of the solutions-driven questions used at the recent AMA strategic planning session:
Project planning is no longer an abstract process. Ujjwal Daga, Alan Kay, Purnendu Nayak, John Nicol and Venkat S. Somasundaram met to talk about how Solution Focus can help Project… Read more »
Gregory Bateson said, “Change is happening all the time…our role is to find useful change and amplify it.” Change management is a growing field. Even individuals are starting to think… Read more »
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