People, Process, Progress

People, Process, Progress

PPP30: 7 Patterns for Highly Efficient Project Managers

June 22, 2020

This week in ‘PPP30: 7 Patterns for Highly Efficient Project Managers’ I put my $.02 on the concepts from Stephen R. Covey’s great work, but with emphasis on being efficient Project Managers.

The "7 Patterns":

  1. Take Ownership

  2. Plan Ahead, But be Flexible

  3. Identify Issues and Set Objectives

  4. Don’t Let Perfect be the Enemy of Good

  5. Consider the O.O.D.A Loop

  6. Develop the Team’s Operational Tempo

  7. Iteratively Design Yourself

Episode References:

  • “Effective and efficient both mean "capable of producing a result," from How to Use Effective and Efficient at,%2C%20time%2C%20or%20energy%22.

  • From Merriam-Webster:

    • Effective: producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect

    • Efficient: capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials)

  • “A focus on disciplines, activities, technologies and resources that gives organizational leaders the mechanisms and controls they need to understand how to enable consistent and repeatable organizational change in response to changing patterns.” from Pattern-Based Approaches for Organizations' Agility at

  • “You can think of the iterative design process as a continuous cycle of prototyping, testing, and making adjustments and refinements.” from What is Iterative Design? (and Why You Should Use It) at