“You just need to bring your brain, something to write with, something to write on, and someone to work with...”
Desired Outcomes are carefully crafted statements that define what the future looks like when it is working “just right”, or “well”, or “well enough”.
Outcome statements transform the tacit, unstructured, fuzzy ideas in people’s heads into codified, clear, measurable pieces of a project or a strategy. Then everybody can then share, debate, and agree on.
Path Dependency makes clear the journey by which Outcomes are realized and highlights the critical decisions which open up or close down alternative futures.
who are directing strategy to improve the business bottom-line, and who want to start projects confident they will finish them successfully.
who want to do more than just finish a project “on-time and budget”, and are seeking expertise to partner with the business to deliver real value.
who want to improve their areas and need simple-to-use methods to plan and implement the changes.
Advisors and mentors
working with organizations to improve performance, who seek practical tools they can use with their clients to accelerate results
Why Cool: Ensuring that projects actually deliver value is an arcane art. Most people who are proficient at the art of delivering value learned it through experience. The niche that TOP . . . fills in the strategy execution field is providing explicit instructions through a series of books and guides that provide step-by-step instruction on how to achieve benefits.
Gartner Cool Vendors in Program and Portfolio Management, 2011
When we looked around the world, the most developed solution was TOP’s.
Juhn Maing, The Research Board
TOP has taken the aspects of project management that we talk about but don’t do, and made them possible for anyone to adopt and use. It has codified the previously un-coded steps that make or break a project”
TOP makes a significant contribution to improving the practice of management especially relating to design and execution of projects of various kinds.
Frank M. Horwitz,Professor Emeritus International HRM Cranfield School of Management and Cranfield Defence and Security |
Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Director of School of Management (2009-2013)
Cranfield University, UK