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Pushing paper

This post from Raven’s Brain on the role of project managers included the following conclusion: Beware the perception of PM as paper-pusher. Schedules, status, coordination, all matter. But if this is what people think our job is, forget about being highly valued. Paper is a tool for, and can help with, analyzing, summarizing, communicating, and identifying goals, work, problems, etc.…

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learning, learning learning …

…seems to be flavour of the month. I’m in the process of closing off two fairly large projects (neither of which I was the main project manager for) with lots of lessons to be learned – I’m not sure those lessons are going to be transfered with identified lessons being dismissed by senior managers with “well that should never have…

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experiential learning

I enjoyed this post on experiential learning – particular as Lars’ experience of learning to ski was almost identical to mine. The point about repetition and simulation is well made in the transfer of learning but … you can only take so much from role play, simulations and GBL especially in soft skills and how self-aware you are impacts hugely…

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A Learning-based view of Project Management

In an increasingly complex and changeable/ chaotic environment I find that in many instances traditional control based project management approaches don’t work or don’t add value. Take Prince 2, for example, the clue is in the title – PRojects IN Controlled Environments. Project and organisational boundaries are increasingly permeable and managers need to manage between constantly changing and competing demands…

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Action Learning 2.0

A nice quote from one of the many publications coming out of Ashridge Business School on the link between organisational learning and enterprise 2.0: Used well, action learning creates a culture of maximum support, maximum challeng, individual responsibility for change, and collective responsibility for learning … It is an approach that is congruent with what has started to happen around…

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Learning Cycles

Chris Collinson has an interesting post on the use and abuse of the concept of lessons Learned. Based on Kolb’s learning cycle, he posits the “ignorance spiral” where the abstract conceptualisation stage stys ust that, abstracted” with no discernable imact on future behaviours. The same mistakes and errors are made, the lessons aren’t learned. Now it seems to me that…

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Project Leadership

I came across an interesting post here on leadership from an attitudinal perspective: As an instructor at UCSC-Extension I’m constantly hearing the moans, whines and whimpers of the PMs that have yet to comprehend this truth. There is valuable time and energy being wasted on working issues in areas outside of their circle of control or influence. All for not.…

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Dysfunction in organisations

I came across this post from Harold Jarche picking up on comment here on the dysfunction of organisations in clear and unambiguous terms: The real problem is that the firm – the corporation, as the fundamental institution of production – is deeply and irrevocably broken. It’s DNA is in shock. The corporation we’ve created is a monster; a form of…

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Andrew McAfee

I came across this post from Andrew McAfee on a recent survey suggesting that only 13% of IT and business professionals rated Enterprise 2.0 tools as critical to their organisation. He goes on to discuss this in terms of a change management issue – with the necessity of E2.0 evangelists acting as change agents. The obvious implication is the importance…

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