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Should project managers ever be involved in strategy?

In strategy Planning | 2 comments

Everyone always talks about the project manager's role as being 'to deliver the project'. Should project managers ever be involved in strategy development or does that just muddy the waters?

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  • Haukur Ingi Jonasson
    By Haukur Ingi Jonasson

    Involving project managers in the development of an organisational strategy is crucial. Here are some reasons: (1) They have insights into what works and does not work in terms of execution; (2) if project managers are supposed to plan, execute and deliver, they themselves should certainly want to take part in defining high level intentions that could impact their professional fate; (3) on the same note, I envision professional project managers also as ethical advisors (advisors in doing the right things right); (4) as creating strategy is a project in an of it self, a competent project manager should be running the show; (4) it might be difficult to receive a strategy that is lacking in its details and insights into what counts in execution and delivering; (5) as project management is ultimately about delivering results through execution, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), should her/himself—almost through definition—be a competent master of project management. Involving project managers in the development of strategy, therefore, clears the waters.

  • Luiza Marilac
    By Luiza Marilac

    I fully agree with Haukur Ingi Jonasson.

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