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The End Of The Human Cannonball: Project Leadership In Today's World


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Sometimes you end up doing everything in your project yourself. You are the center of control. But sometimes changes happen so fast, it's hard to keep up and in control. It seems lately "sometimes" is more often then we would like.

One of the approaches to deal with the new world we do projects in is to let the team self-organize. But how do you get your team to do this? How do you know this is actually going to work?

Bas de Baar argues that now is the time to put more leadership into your Project Management. You have a clear role in this new world. But it requires strong communication skills, dedicated personal development and for some, old habits to brake.

In this presentation he will present the alignment of goals and approaches between organization, project and individuals as the central task of a Project Leader.

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The End Of The Human Cannonball: Project Leadership In Today's World

  1. The End Of The Human Cannonball:<br />Project Leadership In Today’s World<br />Bas de Baar<br /><br />
  2. Not good. But human.<br />Sometimes you want to do <br />everything yourself.<br />Control it all. Check it all.<br />
  3. Encouraged.<br />Your company might even <br />encourage you to be the one and<br />only center of command and control.<br />
  4. No problem.<br />Central control is great when the <br />path is smooth and efficiency is key.<br />
  5. Problem.<br />But your track may be blocked.<br />Changes may occur and speed may<br />be required.<br />
  6. Why &quot;You&quot; being at the wheel is not (always) a <br />good idea…<br />Bottleneck.<br />Slow response.<br />Just you.<br />
  7. Lack different views.<br />Different people provide different viewpoints. When you are alone, you lack diversity of mind.<br />
  8. Empowerment<br />No influence.<br />Influence motivates people.<br />When your team has no influence, <br />you miss out on engagement.<br />
  9. Alternative. <br />Self-organization<br />Not you, but the team at the wheel.<br />
  10. Like nature.<br />Ants and bees self-organize. <br />But they have built-in goals and <br />behavior. They are stimulus-<br />response systems.<br />
  11. Humans are not ants.<br />But they can be assisted to <br />“self-organize”.<br />Facilitated <br />self-organization.<br />
  12. What about me?<br />Develop your Project Leadership skills to enable your team to self-organize.<br />
  13. Project Leadership<br />is free.<br />Project Leadership is your personality, your mouth, your ears and your presence.<br />
  14. Project Leadership.<br />Individuals<br />Individuals<br />Approach<br />Goals<br />Organization<br />Organization<br />Alignment by communication.<br />
  15. Goals & Approach<br />Goals & Approach.<br />Goals and approaches are everywhere.<br />Goal: happiness.<br />Possible approach: <br />school-&gt;job-&gt;marry-&gt;kids<br />
  16. Goals.<br />A project has a goal, an objective. <br />This is part of the larger context of the goals of the organization.<br />.<br />
  17. Individuals have goals.<br />Individuals have goals, interests. If peoples goals are met, they work happy; if not, they don’t. <br />.<br />
  18. Using goals.<br />Job Project Leader is to align the <br />goals on all levels. <br />Make sure everyone understands. <br />.<br />
  19. Approach.<br />Approaches are the strategies to reach the goal. The set of rituals, artifacts and values shared among the group, the organization and individual. <br />.<br />
  20. Using approach.<br />Select an approach that is agreed upon by all parties. (Scrum, waterfall, RUP). Rules must be simple and accessible, so everybody understands.<br />.<br />
  21. Project Leadership <br />Tasks<br />Create alignment: Co-creation<br />Keep alignment: Feedback & Coaching<br />Environment: Transparency.<br />
  22. Co-creation.<br />By defining together goals and approach, you get alignment and involvement.<br />
  23. Feedback.<br />If team sees performance, they can adjust themselves. <br />
  24. Coaching.<br />Help the team by coaching.<br />Don’t just check the team as a cop.<br />Lead by example.<br />
  25. Transparency.<br />Transparency of the process enables feedback. It also minimizes the risk of political games.<br />
  26. Skills.<br />Develop Project Leadership skills to <br />get your team to self organize: <br />Skills to communicate<br />Skills to lead workshops<br />Skills to mentor and coach<br />
  27. Thank you.<br />Bas de Baar<br /><br /><br />
  28. Photo credits<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />