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Elevator Pitches for Projects

Elevator Pitches for Projects

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As a Program Manager, one of the things I’ve had to do a lot is, “pitch projects.”   Whether it’s pitching a project or talking about a project in the hall, it helps to have an elevator pitch that sticks. 

The ideal elevator pitch for a project is simple, sticky, and makes the point fast.  Somebody shouldn’t have to work too hard to figure out what it’s about.  It’s the essence in a nutshell.

The Minimum Elevator Pitch
Here are a few example elevator pitches I’ve used for some of my projects:

I’m a fan of the one-liner reminders.  They make it easy for you to tell and sell the story.  Additionally, they make it easier for others to tell and sell your story if they have a simple, sticky, one-liner reminder, and in today’s world, word-of-mouth marketing is your friend.

The Maximum Elevator Pitch
Here is an example of an elaborated elevator pitch template, I’ve used in patterns & practices on a slide, as a more formal way of expression the cornerstone attributes of the project:

  • Customer - For solution architects, lead developers.
  • Need – Prescriptive Guidance for the design and architecture of applications on the Microsoft platform.
  • Product name – Cloud Security Program
  • Key benefit – A durable and evolvable Microsoft playbook for application architecture which is on point with future Microsoft direction, principle based, pattern based, integrated and consolidation across the Microsoft technology stack, and a good frame that integrates the actionable principles, patterns, and proven implementations.
  • Differentiator – Principles, patterns and practices connected to Microsoft strategy and customer scenarios. The opposite is piecemeal, siloed, product-centric guidance and industry patterns efforts, not connected to technology stacks, and connected to expensive consulting services.