Good Morning – IPMA’tain’tWorld Congress is About to Start

This morning some 1.000 participants will register for the IPMA World Congres in Rotterdam this year. These congresses are important, when you take your profession serious I think that you should attend. For many reasons, one of them is that it enables you to meet other project managers and to share thoughts with them, you are able to extend your network, and of course the presentations too are nice to visit.

Í will give a lecture on Tuesday about the triple dialogue that you need to start to develop your competences. It will be fun, and for those of you that will visit this event, you are invited to meet me at our boot (Dhirata) in the exhibition space. Just look for the stand were you find a head out-of-the box (you can’twasmis it). I will be happy to share some thoughts with you about developing project managers.

When you have a copy of my book, you can buy one during the congress I will be happy to sign it. Or lissten to you comments. Hope that you have a good congres, or when you are not coming, have a succesful project

Time travel with IPMA’s young crew

One way to get attention is to say to your audience that the world is changing and that they should listen to your message. This is not what I will do in this short preview of the time travel workshop during IPMA’s young crew event.

During this workshop, that will take more than one and a half hour, the participants will embark on a journey into the future they themselves want to create. It is about the competences a time traveling project manager needs to develop to create that magnificent future.

Now don’t misunderstand me, it is not woolly, it is a down to earth exercise in which we develop a more effective vocabulary  to describe the developments in the project management body of knowledge and experience. It is a journey for the brave. For those that are willing to postpone their conviction and their current self-image, and for those project managers that are ready to work for the common future instead of their individual future.

Together we can shape the future we desire. Hope to see you on day two of the young crew event, on September 27th at 9.30 in Rotterdam (more>>).


The triple dialogue – part 3

In the second dimension of this triple dialogue it is all about learning as a team.

Recently I read about research done in task performance, scientists noticed that when a team focusses on learning the performance will be better than when they focus on the task performance. At first this seems to me a paradox. A focus on the learning process instead of on the result itself, it is as if we have to rewrite the project management theory that we have develop during the last century.

But if you take time to digest this, it isn’t that paradoxical at all. We all want challenging  jobs, our team members too. And why is it that so often we are more confident  than we should be? Why do we take on complex projects? I think that is because we humans want to develop, want to learn, and you don’t learn anything from projects with all risks mitigated. We take the risk because of the benefit of learning that lies behind. It is just in the human nature.

Now what if, we could rearrange the way we would do projects and turn them into huge compelling learning experiences? If the scientist is right we would perform better than focusing on the task performance itself. This requires an unprecedented paradigm shift in our community. One worthwhile to investigate. Something, that I will do during my lecture.

Hope to meet you on the web, or on the second day of the conference on 14:45hr, September 30th in Diamond Room 2.  More info>>