Decisions by Design

Much too often, projects fail because of a lack of strategic decision-making. This article looks at some of the methods project managers can use to protect their projects from executive whims and cultural trends. In doing so, it discusses decision-making as a strategy for implementing well-scoped projects--those with specific and measurable goals, those with identified and assessed risk--that generate business benefits and realize organizational objectives. It describes a decision-making process called the Strategic Decision Method® (SDM) and outlines the two-phase method for implementing--and the conditions for using--this system, a process which enables users to determine a project's parameters and critical path, define its project profile, identify risks, and choose solutions. It also explains that organizations can use SDM to make operational and technology decisions, to align its mission with its project portfolio, to hire employees, and to develop and manage complex initiatives. Accompanying this articl
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