The Light Touch

There are many instances where just a light touch of structure is appropriate. 

  • A small company with no more than 4 different departments, where the problem is well understood, the cost is minimal, and there is a minimal number of stakeholders to keep aligned.

  • An R&D company such as a startup, where the problem space is in its infancy and it is difficult to clearly identify scope and hence predict cost or time.

  • Company culture is tolerant of non-linear progress with frequent pitfalls & recoveries.

A few basic processes and artifacts can keep the project on track and everyone aligned without requiring much money or time.

For the sample templates, a fictitious project by The Bhatia Physicians Practice to improve the health of their diabetic patients by remotely monitoring patient vitals and glucose levels has been used. 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The Full Methodology

A light touch still must address 4 areas to maximize project success:

  • Financials (Business Cases, ongoing cost management)

  • Scope and Time management

  • Risk and Issue management

  • Communications & Stakeholder management

Full Library of sample artifacts

*Notes:

  • PMBOK areas used to separate concepts. This is an imperfect breakdown, however it is the most common shared vernacular across the industry.

  • Not all processes or artifacts may be appropriate for a given situation. Your company culture may require items not listed here. Please review this list with your project owners to determine what is right for you.