Goal-directed Project Management

Goal-directed Project Management – overview

Goal-directed project management came out of Norway in the mid-eighties, as a very practical, pragmatic, light-touch approach to project management. By focusing more on the goal than the journey it allows for a greater degree of creativity, innovation and flexibility in reaching that goal. This makes it particular suitable for Lean Six Sigma projects and it is now practised worldwide.

The principles of this approach to managing a project are:

  • Focus on results – to ensure that the objectives of the teams match the objectives of the project and that the change introduced by the project satisfies the organisation’s needs
  • Responsibility for achievement clearly defined and accepted at all levels – to define the overall objective of the project, so everybody involved with it knows what is required of him or her
  • Commitment of all involved in constructing the plan – to involve the project members, so that they accept and are committed to the targets set in the plan
  • Plan to optimise effort – to limit the scope of the project, so that project members do not waste time on activities that do not help achieve the final objective

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

This very practical two-day programme explains the principles of goal-directed project management and how to apply them in practice:

  • Planning
    • − Begin with the end in mind, focusing on the end result (goal)
    • − Separate planning the ‘what’ from the ‘how’
    • − Use milestones (not deliverables)
    • − Emphasise participation in project planning
  • Organising
    • − Use responsibility matrices to define roles and responsibilities clearly
    • − Use cross-functional team work
  • Controlling
    • − Employ a small set of simple documentation
    • − Summary of programmes
    • − Lean Six Sigma
Who should attend?

Anyone involved in a Lean Six Sigma project.

Course format

A very practical, hands-on two-day workshop.

Given the practical nature of this workshop-style programme, there is a maximum limit of twelve participants (minimum four).

Goal-directed Project Management – course outline


1 Welcome / introductions

2 Hold the front page

3 What does good project management look like?

4 Understanding GDPM

5 Initiation activities

  • Developing objectives

6 Planning activities

  • Developing a milestone plan

7 Good facilitation and PM skills


1 Project management and Lean Six Sigma

2 Organising activities

  • Change management principles
  • Developing a responsibility matrix

3 Controlling activities

  • Project risk assessment
  • Project RAG criteria

4 Key success factors

  • Discussion, issues

5 ‘Selling’ GDPM