Mature project-oriented organizations are conducting post-implementation reviews and documenting lessons learned. But some are not doing enough to broadcast the results. Organizations need to find a way to emphasize the business value that comes out of activities such as conducting PIRs and documenting lessons learned.
In an increasingly collaborative workplace, PMs may not have as much detailed knowledge as they did in the past. How do they still succeed in that environment?
In this two-part series, we will explore the challenges of gathering, sorting, indexing, managing, transferring and making productive use of knowledge. We will focus a lens on methods for each of these activities, and examine how we as PMs can successfully leverage knowledge management and transfer to deliver successful projects. Part 1 will focus on collecting, sorting and indexing data into manageable knowledge.
When it comes to our projects, we don't try to get better. Even when we claim otherwise, the sad truth is that we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Even when change is within our power to influence, we don't make the modifications necessary to improve. And this writer can prove it...
Ten years ago, project managers were restricted to sticky notes, Notepad and file servers for limited knowledge management. Fortunately, today there are a lot of different knowledge management tools to consider. Here are three of one experienced PM's favorites--and how he uses them in the real world.
Today's organizations are faced with a unique challenge: how to try and slow down the brain drain as baby boomers begin to retire. If not handled properly by companies, the losses could be staggering.
The purpose of a project is important, right? But what does that really mean? What do team members need to know in order to be as effective as possible? Let's look at whether we can determine the “right” level--and perhaps more importantly, how we can ensure that happens consistently.
Some people see agile projects as knowledge transfer deserts where information is hoarded by key individuals and no useful documentation produced. Others believe agile projects are all about knowledge transfer. So why the disagreement? How can smart, experienced people have such different views about the same topic?
In any organization, there are several vital “single points of expertise” that keep the company running. How much knowledge is locked up in the minds of these employees, and how do we get that knowledge out--and share it with colleagues?
At some point, you will need to document your processes in order to train others and pass along knowledge. Performing this task is key to maintaining order and stability in your organization. Keep these guidelines in mind.
A creative and intuitive process, mind mapping is also used by many PMs who seek more involvement by their project teams--while at the same time capturing an extensive level of detail that may not be covered by other project management techniques.
Closing the execution gap in knowledge management is never easy. This excellent presentation gives you hints on how to do just that. It concentrates on KM best practices and keys for success.
You already know the benefits of creating an Intranet. Justify it with a solid business strategy plan.
Organize all of your Intranet content, user groups, risks, action items and responsible parties with this comprehensive chart.
This presentation is based on a real-life plan for jump-starting knowledge management at a fast-growing management consultancy with hundreds of people and lots of offices nationwide. If it worked for them, it will work for you!
The true value of knowledge management is using it to solve a business problem. This presentation will show you where, what and how to measure the true value of knowledge management for your company.
Compare conferencing packages by the features they offer and select the package that fits your needs.
Looking for a training tool that will evaluate as well as guide you? Here's an example of how to define and analyze basic job competency for a relationship mangement specialist.
Based on Clay Carr's Smart Training concept, this PowerPoint presentation outlines the concept of performance and guides you through each step of the performance cycle.
Proprietary Content Management Systems are quite expensive, and the prices range from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand. But Open Source CMS are free and quite stable; the cost is incurred in terms of learning, maintaining and customizing the code. This project plan highlights various activities that need to be addressed for a successful and meaningful implementation of a CMS using either PostNuke or PhpNuke.
This checklist will help you assess your user and technical requirements for accuracy, completeness and quality.
Code is a developer's signature on a software project, and not all developers play by the rules of good coding standards. Ensure that your development team leaves a coding legacy that not only implements the application at hand but can be understood by others and maintained during future development cycles.
Here is a solid outline of a plan for testing individual development components in context with the overall system.
Are you signing a contract to outsource a software development project to a vendor? Ask these questions to make sure you know what you're getting and are getting what you are paying for.
This thorough and detailed assessment is a series of five checklists designed to guide you through the entire project lifecycle from start to finish: planning, analysis, design, construction and implementation.
What best describes you: Analytical, Amiable, Expresive or Driver? You think you know, but you have no idea. A companion to the So, What's Your Style? Presentation, this questionnaire will help you determine what your primary and secondary style is under normal and stressful situations.