Tips for the Direct Approach
You can learn the various terminologies used in strategic planning, but implementing them via the direct approach may require some tips.
Project Scope – Here, you’ll want to deliver the scope in detail with confidence and assure stakeholders the scope contains every project element and no weak areas. Use successful project scope methods that worked in the past.
Objectives – These should also be clearly defined based on prior stakeholder input and your experience.
Task Assignments – Using the direct approach to strategic planning means skipping the whining from project teams. The direct approach ensures your teams will follow your lead, without deviating off course too much.
Milestones – Again, your planning strategy will identify project milestones and timelines for each. The direct approach allows you to be firm, yet convincing that these milestones are achievable within the time frame.
Risks and Controls – Part of being direct in your strategy means you’re already familiar with risk and change control management with usable plans that work. Stick to what works; there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
Communication – Believe it or not, lack of communication is the largest reason for project failure. Develop a communication plan that is accessible to everyone (with rules) and keep it up to date.
Project Meetings – These should also be run in an orderly fashion to ensure quick meetings offering valuable information—not just wasted time. Prepare meeting agendas and presentations and set meeting rules.
Deliverables – Confidence from the beginning using a direct approach to strategic planning guarantees great project deliverables. By emphasizing that confidence from the start, you’ll lead your team successfully to the right outcome.
Disagreements – Using the direct approach allows you to handle disagreements or conflicts swiftly. In your planning phase, outline how you will deal with disagreements and make sure teams and stakeholders follow the rules.