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Managing Complexity: Train Your Brain -link

svprojectmanagement have this article on complexity thinking in projects. The article reflects some of the key questions I come back to about projects and organisations in general, especially the question on a “school of fishes swimming together without a manager. Why don’t they need overhead?”. See managing complexity by nurturing emergence – interesting stuff that needs exploring further from a…

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Democratic workplaces

The WorldBlu list of the most democratic workplaces for 2008 is announced here – thought it might be of interest. Nice to see a good mix of sectors and sizes altho’ the list appears very US centric – a reflection of reality or the method for contructing the list?

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Skills 2.0

Following the previous post on a paper on collaborative workplace, this paper from Harold Jarche has an interesting overview on the skills, attitudes and aptitudes for knowledge workers. The paper reflects many of the conclusions from the Anecdote paper (see my post on this paper here) but rather looking at the individual and technology. I particularly like the underpinning ethos…

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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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