5 Whys

After Action Reports (AARs)

Axiomatic Design

Best Practices

Business Process Planning

Calendar-Based Management & Reminders

Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA)

CTQ Trees (Critical To Quality)

Deming Cycle (PDCA: Plan–Do–Check–Adjust)

PDSA, DMAIC, DMADV (DFSS), and other versions

Four Quadrants (Urgent, Not-Urgent, Important, Not Important)

GANTT Charts

Ishiwaka Diagram (Cause & Effects)

Root Cause Analysis


SMART or SMARTER Goals (There are variant words..)

SWOT Analysis

Taguchi Methods

Time Logs

USA – for interruptions (Understanding Statement, Situation Statement, Action Statement)

Value-Stream Mapping

Workstream Management



Why are you planning a project? How is it tied to your mission & vision? What are the expected deliverables? Is your leadership, organization, and other stakeholders ready for this change? Who are your project sponsors & supporters?

Framework: Human Centered Design vs. User-Centered Design vs. Design Thinking

Constraints: Time, Budget, and Performance. Which is the primary driver for the project? Which secondary constraint informs the primary driver? Which constraint can be associated with more flexibilities throughout the life of the project?  

Project Scope & Timeline. Consider ‘Parkinson’s Law’.

Number & Type of Decision-Makers: Offices, Business Units, Teams, Contractors, Sub-Contractors, and other stakeholders with responsibilities. What responsibilities, expectations, policies & procedures, dependencies, and types of accountabilities are associated with each? What changes if you are able to pick your team or parts of the team?

Resource Management & Contingency Planning: Budget Cycles, Manufacturing Cycles, Building Access, HR Cycles, Background Checks, Personnel Schedules & Skills, etc.

Communications Planning – Internal & External Stakeholders.

Managing Difficult Conversations & Situations: Win/Win, No Win, Priority Planning, Issue Identification & Escalation, Change Management, Adaptations

Forethought & Flexibility for Unexpected Challenges: Changing Deliverables, Changing Personnel, Unknown Stakeholders, Loss of Confidence, Concerns with Delegation/Oversight/Accountability, etc.

Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation, and Adjustment.

After Action Reports (AARs) and Celebration!



Agile Project Management

Scrum Management

Lean Management (Continuous Improvement)

Project Management Institute

Project Management Professional (PMP)®

Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®

PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®

Six Sigma & Lean Six Sigma

Total Quality Management (TQM)