Simple Project Implementation

The following are two high level video introductions.  The first introduces the overall SPI approach.  The second zoom’s into the first of eight SPI phases which looks at how to ‘Define A Problem’.

Extracts from the online lean learners course materials.

To maximise self sufficiency in a resource hungry micro or small enterprise requires a simple approach to simple project implementation for greater sustainable change for the better.  How to blend and tailor existing known good project, innovation and quality management practices in a simple sustainable and repeatable approach is no easy task in small firms and cash strapped non-profit organisations.


Finding, focusing and financing the required knowledge, resources, technologies and expertise is often seen as a luxury only big business can afford.  Small commercial and non-profit organisations with similar access to the much needed capability, capacity and competency of larger tech savvy competitors can if given the opportunity out perform their bigger competitors and go on to build a more robust, dynamic and agile competitive advantage.


The Golden Circle by Simon Sinek

Source: Simon Sinek – “Start With Why”

PURPOSE (the ‘Why?’):

The ‘Purpose’ is … to support better project implementation in small enterprise seeking to support better social and commercial success and outcomes.


SPI Minimal Approach WheelThe ‘Simple Project Implementation‘ (SPI) Approach



The ‘Approach’ utilises … a blended and tailored good practice approaches.  Using a more simplified subset proven project, innovation and quality management methods, tools and techniques commonly employed by PMBoK, BABoK, Agile, Lean, Six Sigma, Lean & Frugal innovation practitioners.



The potential ‘Applications’ … of such an ‘Approach’ for this ‘Purpose’ is within the context of resource hungry project implementations including:

  • Start-up / Business / Organisation planning, development and growth
  • Successions / Transition / Merger
  • Process Improvement / Redesign / Re engineering
  • Continuous Improvement / Operational Excellence
  • Change / Transformation
  • Brexit Strategic Preparation, Implementation and Readiness
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) / ISO9001 / ISO14001 / ISO27001 Strategic Preparation, Implementation, Validation & Compliance
  • Rapid Results / Disruptive Innovation
  • Business and Process Modelling
  • Revenue Generation
  • Digital Strategy & Marketing
  • Cost, Waste, Variation & Defect Reduction
  • Product, Process and Service Innovation & Design
  • eCommerces Migration, Implementation and Deployment
  • Feasibility, Research & Development
  • Quality Management
  • Lean, Agile, XP, Scrum or Six Sigma type projects …



Designed for resource, time or cash hungry small non-profits, social and commercial enterprises apply this simple structured good practice approach to support greater commercial or social ‘value creation’ and more sustainable outcomes. Potential benefits can include:


  • Opportunities
  • Capability
  • Capacity
  • Competency
  • Learning
  • Knowledge
  • Expertise
  • Skills
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Growth
  • Sales, Revenues, Turnover
  • Margins, Profit
  • Performance
  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Productivity
  • Compliance
  • Quality
  • Brand Awareness
  • Demand
  • Channels To Markets
  • Market Presents
  • Agility
  • Customer Retention
  • Customer Satisfaction, Experience, Expectations
  • Problem Solution Fit
  • Value Proposition
  • Life Cycle



  • Variation
  • Defects
  • Waste
  • Costs, Expenses
  • Competition
  • Time To Market
  • Time To Delivery
  • Cycle Times

Simple Project Examples:

SPI can help to simplify complex projects into smaller byte size chunks.  Complex topics including Brexit readiness and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparation are some example projects.  Both Brexit (Also See: Breaking Brexit) and GDPR can be overwhelming for those with limited capability, capacity and competency available to focus, prioritise and sequence activities in a more iterative and agile approach.


Consider GDPR which is a simple small example of a big complex ‘Problem-Worth-Fixing’ when it comes to small time, resource and experience hungry small commercial, social and non-profit projects.

Charing The GDPR Course AheadCharting the GDPR Course Ahead (Also See: GDPR or Bust!)


Academic Case Studies:

The ‘Simple Project Implementation’ (SPI) approach was designed and refined through academic research (See: How Can Innovation Work For Micro-Firms) and practical project deployments (See example ‘Case Studies’ below) which first began in 2013 and is still evolving to keep pace with new learning, experience and new emerging good practices.

Lean and Six Sigma academic research case studies, both of which achieving Lean and Six Sigma ‘Black Belt’ awards from the University of Limerick for Brendon McLoughlin (See: Who Is … ).



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