Keeping it real
Left on the outside, many project managers have conjured up their own idea of how strategic planning meetings work: Executives huddle around a conference table, plotting projects that will be executed easily, under budget, ahead of schedule and aligned to the organization's vision. In that scenario, project managers are the ones pointing out details and complexities that challenge that rose-colored view. This article discusses how adding project managers into strategy planning can bring a much-needed dose of reality. In doing so, it lists four ways project managers can help executives envision what they want their high-level strategy to actually deliver. Accompanying the article is a sidebar listing three tips to keep project managers and executives in the real world.