As psychologists have been telling us for years, it is human nature for us to create groups and try and stay within them – whether that be in families, football teams or corporate functions. Yet today’s hyper-connected business world requires us to become ‘boundary-spanning leaders’. As this is contrary to our in-built human tendencies, this […]
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Traditional project management training assumes a relatively simple people management environment. However, projects increasingly operate virtually with project team members in different locations and sometimes different cultures and time zones. Proponents of agile methodology insist that teams should be co-located and that meetings should be face-to-face, but this doesn’t match the reality of our projects. […]
The advantages and problems associated with matrix organizations are well-versed – but overall do the benefits outweigh the challenges? Researchers in South Africa were keen to answer this question. Despite looking out for issues such as: tendencies towards anarchy, power struggles, decision strangulation, unclear roles and excessive overhead costs, they found that the respondents rated […]
As projects in many organisations become more complex they become more “horizontal”, they increasingly cut across the traditional vertical silos of functions, geography and business units. Whether the organization has a formal matrix structure or not these projects create their own “matrix” which needs to be mastered for the project to succeed. Project managers need […]
What would you rather be, spoon-fed or in charge of your learning? I’m guessing I know which most of us would choose. With the drive towards more learner-centred training, self-directed learning and workplace learning – we have far more control over what we learn than ever before. This is good news. But with that control […]
As organizations seek to get the benefits of agile working, one of key practices of agile, the daily face to face stand-up meeting, is being rolled out widely. The idea originated in the tightly interdependent world of software development where small dedicated teams, where all individuals are in the same location, hold a short morning […]
In a recent blog we reviewed the research on what delivery methods work best for what situations (blended, f2f or online). eLearning is an important part of the blended jigsaw – and as we’ve seen is a cost-effective way of offering: Pre-work to engage Key information and links from learning to company strategy Follow up […]
Projects have long been how we get things done in complex organizations. But as the rate of change and the complexity of our organizations increase we need to make sure that our project management skills and way of working are fit for today’s challenges and ready for the future. Projects are increasingly “horizontal” cutting across […]
Or as one of our consultants helpfully framed it, ‘how can we make it easier for time poor people to learn?’ Training and learning have come a long way since the days of mandatory 5-day residentials as the only option for how to learn. Nowadays there is a huge range of options to engage learners, […]
Much of the focus on Agile and other new ways of working is on the team as the basic unit for getting work done. However, most work is done by individuals and most people spend most of their time working on their own deliverables. What is the place for individual empowerment and performance in this […]
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