Goal Directed Project Management (GDPM) is a management philosophy accompanied by a set of tools and principles for planning, organizing, leading and controlling projects. The method is characterized by its practical and “psychological” approach to both focusing a project group to reach common goals and on controlling the progress of each individual.

The GDPM method allows project sponsors and team members to focus most of their attention and effort on project issues and not on project management methodologies and/or tools. GDPM's beauty is in its simplicity:

  1. Why! Project definition view: Clearly links the project to the intended organizational goals and the high level organizational standard principles and procedures for managing the project.
  2. What! Deliverables view: Milestones with relationships reflect the results on a macroscopic level. The milestone plan gives a stable total overview of the whole project with deadlines on one page! Roles are also made exceptionally clear for project sponsors and stakeholders.
  3. How! Activities view: Tasks and specific responsibilities are reflected in a simple responsibility matrix and empowers team members to make realistic estimates of effort and durations for the actual work needed to reach each milestone.

Goal Directed Project Management allows both project non-experts and experts to participate effectively and appropriately. It also reduces the paperwork to a minimum and lets the project leader focus her/his attention on the most critical issues for the success of the project.


Projects involving multiple parties and/or people with different professional skills and different levels of project expertise will benefit greatly because it encourages them to jointly plan and consider human and organizational needs as well as technical and product requirements:

  • Balanced focus on all areas of achievement (also soft areas)
  • Good communication of plans and reported progress to all parties involved in a non-expert language.
  • Consensus on goals and results.
  • Commitment form all parties involved.
  • Stable plans with focus on results and timing.
  • A clear definition of the roles each individual shall play to reach agreed goals.
  • Well proven procedures for controlling progress that focuses effort on reaching predefined goals within time and budgets.
  • Encourages simple non-bureaucratic administration

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