Category: Room for inspiration

The door to the Room for Inspiration is opened 24 hours a day. It its meant to help put things into a perspective and to discover ways your project management skills can make a difference. Inspiration is a free commodity. I just have to open my eyes and look around me. Sometimes a bird building her nest can help you learn a trick or too about project management for house building :)

Re-post: The Feedback Fallacy

“The way we give and receive feedback is all wrong. We need to focus on strengths — not dwell on what we perceive as shortcomings” from The Feedback Fallacy by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall, March–April 2019 Issue of the Harvard Business Review.

https://hbr.org/2019/03/the-feedback-fallacy?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=hbr&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1T73OA8iiarlJAYJ5zKRjpaYU3jXyKPuCqkC3p0-puqaOjXi8cjMj1ruY

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Re-post: Beyond Best Practices: How to Use Design Thinking in Rule of Law Promotion

This article “Beyond Best Practices: How to Use Design Thinking in Rule of Law Promotion”, by Siddharth Peter de Souza for PeaceLab touches upon the How and Why of the design thinking in rule of law projects (and not only, I would say): listen to what users’ say, do and aspire to and strive to meet their needs.

The ideas are central in human – centered development management theory and practice.

Link to article: https://peacelab.blog/2019/03/beyond-best-practices-how-to-use-design-thinking

Thought of the week: context matters

-Thank you and your team for the flexibility.

– Oh, no. We are not flexible. We understand context.

-Thank you even more.

The above was a dialogue I had some time ago. All good project managers know that context is important – he/she will not rely on a “one-size–fits-all” approach.

I am personally allergic to copy-paste, in projects and beyond. It makes me want to cry when I see the name of the country changed through “find and replace” in development project documents.

Do yourself and your client a favour – research the context, do a proper needs assessment and/or diagnosis and bring what’s needed in that context.

origami by Sofia, 2017

 

Thought of the week: Time to get bored

I know. End-of-year deadlines of all sorts. Rush. Frustration to getting out-of-office responses. Overheated payments processing…. And once all is done (whatever is possible) – it is time to do nothing and get bored.

Boredom is beautiful. It gives a chance to new seeds to be planted and new ideas to grow. Here is to growth and creativity!