This is part 2 of the post “A project metaphor – The Mine field” and continues on the various concepts explained there.
The concept of minimum amount of transferred knowledge can be equated with the parameter experience from previous voyages. The difference between them is their tenses. Where the former describes something that should be documented, the latter describes what is available. If the project manager, along with the project specifications, got a reconnaissance of the terrain he will soon bring his project across, he would be able to plan and adapt to the already known parameters.
- The direction of passage across the minefield might be possible to affect so that the known mines/obstacles in the terrain are avoided
- The size of the minefield might be constrained or used in a different way if knowledge from previous voyages across the minefield is taken into account
- Group composition may be adapted to fit the known terrain
- The time pressure of the project might be possible to affect by changing the project specifications due to previous experiences, especially given the increased awareness about the amount of time-consuming mines in the minefield
There are many different ways to describe a project and the project manager’s role. Very few of these descriptions, however, takes into account the project’s retrieval of knowledge. These next couple of blog posts will show the project metaphor The Minefield that is based on the concept of minimum amount of transferred knowledge and the metaphor aims to provide a new perspective on the fruits of a project and the approach on harvesting these.
A project is a minefield over which the project manager is inexorably pressed by time. As if it weren’t enough to force the manager to find their way on their own, he must also keep track of all project members. Neither he nor any of the others in the project may take a misstep because it would then crosscut/prime the mine and, in the worst case, set it off.
No minefield is quite like another. Maybe it shares some of the terrain as the last one travelled but it may still differ in size, amount of mines, the direction of passage, and the team members along on the journey. Even the time pressure on the project manager’s back varies from case to case.
We’ll wait a bit with the most important parameter of the minefield…
I just stumbled upon this weird/strange/awesome web collaboration tool called Mural.ly. It’s a tool that enables you to drag n drop pictures, pdf:s, links etc straight into the mural.ly web page. You can then share this mural to anyone else and even collaborate in real time! My head’s still spinning a bit thinking of the usage but do check it out. I’ve embedded a video from their site below and it should give you a bit more feeling for it.
I stumbled upon this tool when reading the incredibly interesting blog post of Roger c. Parker regarding Idea Dashboards that you use to track you favorite content ideas whilst browsing the web on a day-to-day basis. The thought then came to me: “What if one could create these idea dashboards and share them amongst your team?” To get a hunch maybe what my team members are learning/sharing and also for keeping track of what’s important in a project etc. A few days later I reread the blogpost again and found that the comments section had grown a bit and one commenter shared the link to mural.ly – and the rest is, as they say, history!