What We Liked
We really liked the overall framework of Morten Fangel's Proactive Project Management. Other popular frameworks tend to focus on a series of project management functional components. In contrast, the Fangel Project Management Model consists of a matrix formed by a set of sequential Management Phases answering the question "When" on the one hand, and a set of Proactive Project Management activities answering the question "How" on the other.
As Morten sees it, the set of Management phases, corresponding to a project's natural life span, encompasses six phases as follows: Project preparation; Project start-up; Manage project execution 1; Project evaluation; Manage project execution 2; and Project close-out. The Proactive Project Management set consists of seven main activities: Leading project management; Project analysis; Master project planning; Project anchoring; Detailed project planning; Ongoing project leadership; and Stepwise project follow-up. These two sets are shown graphically in Figure 1
Figure 1: Phases and activities in the Project Management Model
(the white numbers refer to chapters in the book)
As described in our next section, we have difficulty with the three management phases marked "11". However, this is evidently an attempt to introduce the concept of "iteration" that may or may not be appropriate to the project in question. However, if these three phases are grouped together as a subset under the general heading of "Execution", then we are back to the classic four-phase project life span - of which we strongly approve.