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Chapter 6: Focus the process > Focus phase short-cuts and specific PUMPs

Focus phase short-cuts and specific PUMPs

The spirit of the focus phase structure and the functionality of all its components need to be preserved even if very simple projects with low levels of uncertainty are the concern.

One effective way to reduce the effort involved is to make the focus process more efficient by making the PUMP more specific, pre-specifying its nature in line with prior knowledge about the nature of project issues to be considered. The bidding process example just introduced provides a useful basis for an illustration. If steps 1 and 2 (preparing a very high level strategic plan and costing that plan) are routinely undertaken for common project types, suitable specialized PUMPs can be crafted and tested statistically in relation to project outcomes. If projects that are won fall into similar groups, effective PUMPs used to manage their execution can be used to shape the focus phase for later projects, building on the positives and elimin....


  

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