There is a surprising measure of just how strategic your project may be – it is the extent to which a project is ‘business as usual’ or ‘business unusual’.
The Business Unusual Test is a measure not just of how strategic a project or initiative is, but how complex and ambitious it is too. It also provides an insight to the requirements of success.
Ensuring that strategic projects and initiatives deliver as expected isn't easy. It doesn't help that there is often confusion regarding results and how they will be measured. Ending that confusion has to be a priority and here is the tool - called the results chain - that is needed.
Executives close to a project often have a 6th sense when it comes to the success of a strategic initiative. It may be an uneasy feeling or a nagging doubt rather than a systematic analysis of project risks, yet it absolutely needs to be listened to.