Last Saturday, May 17th, I held a day-long Commitment-Based Project Management (CBPM) workshop in Mountain View at Symantecs facilities (thanks, Symantec!) We had 38 people in attendance and it was obvious the energy in the room as we discussed and role-played how to conduct a map day. At one point we were running almost two hours late (but we recovered)!
It is obvious to me that theres a need, a desire for an easier and more effective way to manage projects. Life as a PM is challenging enough without adding all of the details and paperwork that sometimes we think we have to deal with (or someone insists we have to deal with it!)
CBPM handles a lot of the details by putting the responsibility where it belongs: with the people doing the work. By empowering the team and trusting them but having the necessary verification tools (i.e., deliverables matrix and PAC) a PM can easily monitor a project and be successful without being overwhelmed and overloaded with details.
This was the third workshop Ive run (the two prior ones were at Symantec). Im working on scheduling future ones. PMI Silicon Valley is already discussing when we should have the next one. CornellUniversitys Johnson Graduate School of Management is also looking into their calendar to determine when we can run it. PMI Phoenix, San Francisco, and North Carolina have been approached. Do you want host a workshop in your company or group? Just let us know!
Why do some stories stick (e.g., urban legends such as the razor blades in the Halloween candy; Its the economy, stupid) while others die? This book tells you how to do it.
Next time you are faced with selling a concept, like when Stephen Denning was demoted and put in charge of Knowledge Management, something no one wanted to hear about yet he not only sold the concept but made it one of the top priorities at the World Bank, refer to this book. It is that important!
My last role at Intel was leading a leadership development effort for a large group in the IT organization. I learned a lot about leadership, its development, and what it takes for such a development effort to succeed in an organization (not easy). As I surfed our blog site, I looked for leadership articles and was not able to find any that address a few key concepts that I think are critical for all leaders and, in our case, project managers. (This blog was first published on 28 March 2008 at http://svprojectmanagement.com/). Continue reading Leadership … a few comments