Ensure you are working from the latest strategy. Is it agreed? Do you understand it? Can you interpret it so as to describe your destination in the short, medium and long-term?
In order to know which direction to head in you need to know your destination and your current position. Do you understand your current state? Do you know and understand what initiatives you currently have running, or have planned?
Can you identify and quantify the goals, drivers, benefits, inter-dependencies and status? Have you set short, medium and long-term directions in order to reach your short, medium and long-term destinations?
This step focuses on initiatives that are not aligned to your chosen direction. Can they easily be realigned? What are the costs and other consequences of doing so? Where are the major residual gaps?
The portfolio of change needs to be prioritised and optimised. Prioritise individual initiatives on the basis of: Alignment, Contribution, Feasibility
The final stage, “M”, in the DDAPM journey is the management of the initiatives. However well selected the initiatives, the benefits will only accrue through implementation. The results will only be true benefits if they meet the current needs of the Programme and support the functional teams.
It is necessary to revisit regularly the Direction, Alignment and Prioritisation and less frequently the Destination.
Project Leaders believes in a holistic approach, integrating critical dimensions of management as the best way of ensuring the appropriate commitment, progress and generation of real support and benefits.