learning

Collaborative workplaces

An Australian consultancy, Anecdote, have recently published a very interesting paper on Building a Collaborative Workplace with Nancy White. There are some excellent sections, especially on what the authors call community collaboration – essentially communities of practice. The section on team collaboration was less compelling for me as seemed to duplicate generic team building rather than deeper collaboration which for…

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Learning & Development evaluation

An interesting post from Clive on Learning: What’s the problem with Kirkpatrick? on the evaluation of training. ROI is an important addition, in my opinion, but I do get the sense that its a discussion L&D is having with itself – line managers & executives appear much less interested in ROI as positive NPV and more interested in Return on…

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Complex projects – exploring and learning

Back on to the theme of exploration in project management, I came across an article from Ralph Stacey on strategy as order emerging from chaos – I think its a fairly old article from 1993 or so – which included an eight ‘step’ framework for managing in organisations drawing on complexity science. While the framework was based on the practices…

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Planning sessions

Interesting article on running a planning session using what they call a ‘storyboard’ approach – I’ve used something similar (described here) but utilising de Bono’s six thinking hats. Its interesing to see the glee in some people’s faces when we get onto the black hat stage of basically destroying ther initial plan!

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Can HR really be an agent of change?

Luc’s Thoughts on Organizational Change » Blog Archive » HR Blues edit / delete an interesting article on the problems in HR. Personally, I’ve never liked the term “business parter” – surely HR is part of the business, you don’t get an “operations partner” (do you?). The Tichy model is interesing and remarkably similar to models of human capital management…

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Subject Matter Expertise in E-Learning – link

Dave’s Whiteboard » Blog Archive » SME? Not for me edit / delete on the ‘problem’ of expertise versus practical excellence in developing learning. I broadly agree with the post but have a concern that this approach reinforces inertia – the reinforement of “this is how we do things round here”. At some point, what the excellent practitioner might need…

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SWOT workshop

I’ve recently facilitated a very brief SWOT workshop with a team of about 12 people or so. I generally am not a fan of SWOT – generates long lists of passive “mother hood and apple pie statements” rather than seeking out an activity based perspective on where real strategic advantage may lie. I have tho’ used SWOT analysis as a…

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Real project management – link

svprojectmanagement.com » “We don’t need no stinking Gantt chart!”  edit / delete an excellent article on managing projects through team commitment and enabling the project manager to manage the project as a whole venture rather than (a) managing the plan(ning) and (b) getting in the way of getting things done. Marvellous! to project projectmanagement … 1 day ago