Develop a Project Operating System

Dream with a Plan. Develop with Constraints. Set Simple Rules.

The Project Operating System is a set of simple rules to be formulated in a concise way. These simple rules consist of constraints and guiding principles to operate with, to facilitate the decision making process, to simplify the key processes and to guide the project development.

Dream with a Plan. Resources. Constraints

Type of Simple Rules:

  • Scoping: which opportunity to pursue? Which not. What to do? Why? What is your main activity and what is out of your scope of action?
  • Priorities: selection process, ranking. between two opportunities, which one to prioritize?
  • Timing: time to market, window of opportunity, seasonality.
  • Exit: when it’s time to move on. Assessment of risks, complexity, technical issues, dependencies, financial problems.
Simple Rules

Look at essential questions:

  • What is the Costs Structure?
  • How looks the Workflow? and how-to streamline key Processes?
  • What is the Cash Flow? Positive? Negative?
  • How-to to get new clients? How-to keep them?
  • Who are the key Partners?
  • What are the Dependencies?

Look at the ways to make your project happen using the resources and dealing with the set constraints while keeping up with your expectations and standards. Define a set of rules to operate smartly and ease your decision making process.

The Art of seizing Opportunities

Think Surfing, a good board is necessary but not sufficient, being trained is necessary but not sufficient. Ultimately to surf a wave, you need to be ready in time and at the right spot to catch it.

Like for a surfer, good observation skills and judgement are paramount in seizing opportunities. Show-up prepared at the right spot to deliver in time. Take and edge, get a short term advantage. Strategy has to stay simple, especially when the environment is complicated. It is a way to deal with an unpredictable market and imponderables.

FOCUS on offering a SOLUTION: your project can be a creative, cost-effective or convenient solution to an identified problem. It can be a bridge to fill a gap that you spotted. It can create a new consumer experience or service by taking advantage of technology. You can fix an emerging problem generated by tech or a specific situation. You can offer something existing elsewhere at your place. You can “steal” a solution from one environment and adapt it to a different context.

Desirability — Feasibility — Viability

Whatever your idea… to ENABLE your project : your solution needs to answer a customer demand (meaning people willing to pay for it) and attract them. It has to be DOABLE (meaning technically feasible). It has to be economically VIABLE and SUSTAINABLE (for you and your team).

Project Manifesto + Tactic Plan

Further Readings on Strategy as Simple Rules

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