learning

5 “things” to promote learning in projects

1: generate immoveable deadlines – forcing project teams to focus on what is required (to meet the milestone) and to rethink problems and look for creative solutions 2: encourage cross-functional teams and/or construct teams of people who rarely or never work together – enhances the chances for new thinking between different disciplines and the reframing of project problems, issues and…

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Top Five Reasons Why Prince2 Sucks – link

An interesting post here on the problems of Prince 2 or any PMM where project energy is caught-up in templates and processes arather than project results. I can’t comment on the technical points (reason 3) but some of the other issues identified, I’ve commented on before.

learning

Learning in project teams

I’ve been thinking more about learning in projects and the infrastructure & processes to enable more effective learning and knowledge exchange and development. I see the experience of project working as the building block for ‘deep’ collaborative working. Learning in projects operates broadly on three levels: Individual: often focused on developing new skills and knowledge but should also include reflecting…

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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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learning, teaching

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!

teaching

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

learning

Project manager competences

Was pointed to this post on PM Hut from Raven’s Brain on project management skills and competences. The emphasis on the ‘softer’ people management skills: be a leader and a manager be a team builder and a team leader be a negotiator and an influencer be an excellent communicator alongside other skills you’d expect in terms of planning, be a…

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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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