Vicki GriffithsTim Lyons
Series of opinion pieces – Not a Research project
• Introduction (Sarah Coleman)
• Collaboration (Ian Cribbes)
• Resilience (Tim Lyons)
• Innovation & Creativity (Vicki Griffiths)
• Risk and Decision Making (Sarah Coleman)
• The psychodynamics of being 'on the call’ (Tim Lyons)
• Influencing at a Distance (Dan Connors, Applied Influence Group)
• Behaviours and Mindsets (Wendy Shooter, Unicorn Consulting)
• Seeing opportunities in threats (Reyhaneh Kazemi, WiPM Iran)
Introducing Lessons from Lockdown
• The reflective practitioner during lockdown: insights, reflections,
experiences, opinion pieces
• Looking at the perspective of the individual and of the
• Series of articles from Lessons from Lockdown team,
representing P3M community and beyond
• Recognising the impact on P3 delivery; the degree of disruption
and challenge to existing ways of working
• Focusing on behaviours and competencies rather than
technology, process, structure:
• What skills, competences and behaviours do we need for the future?
• What can we take from the past to help plan our future? What do we want to
• What are the positives we can take from lockdown and apply for the future?
What are the negatives have we noticed and what can we learn from them?
• Thoughts on change models (Kubler-Ross, 2008; Kotter,1996)
• Published through the Major Projects Association:
Resilience = returning to original shape or position after
• So what? Projects are about re-formation anyway (not deformation)
• How do we reinforce change effectively when working remotely?
• Norms of human contact are ‘deformed’ by social distancing;
• The ‘original shape’ may now be a new shape → Flexibility / Adaptability
• The market for services has changed
• Client downsizing;
• Assessing market shape/sectors, depth and duration, spending power;
• Voluntary networks – loss leaders, but build skills, contacts and sector savvy;
• The ‘neurology’ of the workplace and the organization / project
• Values and Beliefs – are they the same?
• Capabilities and Environment will certainly change in remote working
• Behaviours are the minefield! Stay sane, stay curious, stay polite!
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
How can I
staff to work
How can my
business / project
adapt to the new
How can I maintain
now that the team
How can I continue to
supply goods and
keeping people safe?
How can I bring my
Can I change my
Necessity is the Mother of Invention
How can we maintain this spirit
of Innovation ?
• Just how lucky are we feeling?
• Recognise degree of disruption and challenge to existing ways of working; also a stimulus and
prompt for renewal and recovery
• Increasing prominence on project data analytics, big data, benchmarking, AI, enterprise
o insights for timely, relevant, better decision-making
o decision intelligence (Pratt, 2019)
• Projects: accelerated, cancelled, rescheduled
• Time horizon: short-term blip or more fundamental change?
• Risk: how do we view risk?
o Organisations: Increased risk appetite, although not comfortable
o Organisations: accelerating through decisioning process
o Organisations: line-of-sight events and planning horizons shorter
o Organisational culture and attitude to risk
o Shorter-term tactical ‘keeping the show on the road’?
o Individuals: ‘Zoom-fatigue’ impacting bandwidth to make a ‘good’ decision?
o Individuals: Time pressure means taking more risk?
o Organisations: Decisions taken now will be revisited in the ‘new normal’
• What else are we missing?
Clint Eastwood ‘Dirty Harry’. Warner Bros. Entertainment
Conferencing is not the same as meeting
• What is your weakest link?
• You cannot NOT communicate
• Levels Sequence
• Pause and freeze (visual full stop)
• Staying alert
• Watch like a hawk!
• Give space to the introverts
• Use chat sparingly
for you OR
Looking up or
Look into my
Lessons in Influencing at a Distance
Dan & Emma gave an excellent presentation on the 5th
The link to this is on the APM web site
Lessons in Behaviours & Mindsets
Here Chartered Psychologist, Wendy Shooter explores the beneficial
behaviours that have emerged during lockdown with the P3M
Wendy is running a webinar on the 14th Sept (13:00 – 14:00) on this topic
• This session is focussing on Lessons from Lockdown: Behaviours and Mindsets, where I will
share my research on the beneficial behaviours that have emerged in the project
community since lockdown.
If you are a member come along.
Employees of Corporate Partners and Affiliates please book here
#projectmanagement #behaviours #PM #mindsets #P3M
More details can be found on the Major
Seeing Opportunities in Threats
Here Reyhaneh Kazemi, founder of Women in Project
Management Iran and Project Management Advisor at the
OIEC Group, Iran, shares some of WiPMI members’
personal and individual experiences and explores three
particular opportunities that have emerged during this
time of threat and disruption.
More details can be found on the Major Projects site: