GDPM Approach

Layered Approach

GDPM is organized in 3 major layers:

  • The project definition layer (mandate)
  • The milestone layer with responsibilities
  • The activity layer with responsibilities

The layering allows the allocation of adequate level of detail for the different organization levels involved in a project:

  • Steering Board care about overall project goals and status
  • Project Manager manages milestones and reports their achievement
  • Project Team manages the activities which are required to achieving milestones

Compatibility with "Delivery Models"

Goal Directed Project Management (GDPM) is

  • a powerful, pragmatic approach for gaining consensus from all stakeholders on the overall objectives of a business program or project
  • fully compatible with industry standards such as PRINCE2™, SUMMIT™, V-Model™, HERMES™ and MS Project™ and PMI PMBOK™


Benefits of applying GDPM

GDPM is a straight forward approach to project management and has been successfully applied in many different projects. GDPM reduces the paperwork to a minimum and lets the project manager focus on the most critical issues for the success of the project - the team and the results.

The main benefits of using GDPM are:

  • Balanced focus on all areas of project achievement (IT systems, Organization and People)
  • Plan and reported progress are easy to communicate in a non-expert language to all involved parties
  • Consensus on goals and results is achieved through a democratic planning process
  • Plans are stable due to a separation of milestones and activities
  • A clear definition of the roles each individual shall play to reach agreed goals
  • Well proven procedures for measuring the progress
  • Encourages simple non-bureaucratic project management

GDPM Process

The GDPM process describes the full life cycle of the project with the major steps

  • Justifying the project
  • Planning the project
  • Setting up the project
  • Running and delivering the project
  • Closing the project

GDPM Process