Know Your Enemy or Categorise Your Constraints

There are a million and one frameworks for categorising constraints, and analysing the environment before, during and after projects start.  It doesn’t matter which one you choose, as long as you look at it from all sides.

No matter what acronym you work to, make sure you cover all the bases.

  • SWOT Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
  • PEST Political, Economic, Social and Technological
  • PESTLE Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental
  • STEER Socio-cultural, Technological, Economic, Ecological, and Regulatory
  • STEEL Socio-cultural, Technological, Economic, Ecological, and Legal
  • EPISTLES Environment, Political, Informative, Social, Technological, Legal, Economic, and Spiritual
There is no right answer, so long as all angles are covered, and all constraints are considered.
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As half of the team behind, I am a serial starter of things, beginner of projects. I work in bits and in bytes, in words and paragraphs; I work in wood, metal, and paper, in fabric and in leather; I work in fits and in starts. Most of all I work intermittently and inconsistently.

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