The Learning Project Organization
by Thomas Juli, Founder & President at Thomas Juli Empowerment Partners on Oct 19, 2011
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We live in a dynamic, ever-changing world where we can expect lots of changes. Project objectives, requirements and collaboration rules are subject to change, performance levels may fluctuate and even ...
We live in a dynamic, ever-changing world where we can expect lots of changes. Project objectives, requirements and collaboration rules are subject to change, performance levels may fluctuate and even the vision may vary. Knowing this is one thing. Doing something about it is another thing. In order to cope with changes and lead our projects to success we have to be flexible and adjust our plans accordingly. However, a flexible project plan alone is not sufficient to master project dynamics. One of the prerequisites for project success is to actively create a culture of learning. It is an environment where team members are not punished when they make mistakes; making mistakes is normal. What we want to do is build project teams that are capable of learning from mistakes and mastering change. This cannot happen overnight. The key is that from the very first day we establish learning routines in our projects. Learning has to be part of our daily project routines. This holds true for individual projects as much as project organizations including programs and project management offices. This lecture sheds light on project organizations and how they can create a learning culture for all projects it coordinates.
The lecture starts out with explaining the need of a learning culture in project organizations and outlines how we can create this culture. One example is the definition of learning standards which address team synchronizations, project reviews and training. Other examples include facilitating knowledge sharing across projects and setting up innovation days. The lecture explains the critical success factors of learning in a project organization. It identifies common learning obstacles and shows how we can overcome them. The lecture closes with an illustration of the benefits of a project learning culture. Last but not least, it shows how a learning organization can nurture the ground for project success.
About the author, Thomas Juli:
Thomas Juli is an experienced, enthusiastic and results-driven manager. He provides leading-edge program, interim and operational management offering more than 13 years of progressive leadership and management experience in various functions including project and program management, management consulting, business analysis, professional training and academic teaching. He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Certified Scrum Master (CSM®) by the Scrum Alliance.
He is managing director of Thomas Juli Empowerment Partners, a professional service organization for innovative empowerment, consulting and interim management. In 2011 he co-founded i-Sparks (www.i-sparks.com), the provider of a new open innovation platform that inspires people and organizations to grow their ideas into projects for success.
Prior to starting his own consulting business he worked for SAP and two leading management and IT consultancies, Sapient and Cambridge Technology Partners. He consulted for various
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