Organizations are trying to break down silos and are achieving limited amounts of success, but that success is often not reaching the functional levels that project teams operate at. As a result, it is up to project managers to break down these silos at the practical level.
by Sam Falcone, MSW, MBA, PMP, CSM, Lisa Binckes, M.A., Co-Sponsor
The General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Public Buildings Service (PBS) needed better knowledge management (KM) approaches for supporting their building maintenance, leasing, construction, and renovation projects delivered annually across the United States. A national KM team, utilizing a rapid piloting approach, customized preexisting/prepaid software tools to quickly meet their information needs. Read the case study for details about lessons learned and critical success factors.
What might the future look like, you ask? Here are some things to ponder as those wishing to command a greater percentage of our consumer spend are finding ways to “customize our experience" through exploiting the opportunities social media, big data analytics and mobility promise once properly integrated.
Project managers play many roles on projects--negotiators, coordinators, schedulers, planners…so many roles all crammed into a solitary person. We are complex beasts, and it's time to acknowledge another underappreciated role we play...
Our projects are shaped and heavily influenced by the environment. In this article, you will learn practical ways to develop your business awareness at work so that we can better understand the broader environment. These strategies will put you ahead of other professionals who never spend any time considering the big picture.
Although project managers are often called upon to begin a project immediately, it is important to stop and think critically about the project before getting started. By integrating relevant knowledge before beginning a project you can save time during execution and will have a more complete view to help develop adequate and necessary structure, tools, techniques and guidance to ensure project and organizational success.
Lessons learned are good. The trouble is that too many lessons learned focus on the “what” and skip over the “how”. Knowledge management is about more than simply sharing data...keep these tips in mind.
In the project management context, knowledge management and transfer are essential. Effective KM practices increase the business value of consultants to organizations. Change management programs are improved when they are supported with knowledge transfer. Finally, we will see that knowledge management activities are a hallmark of many top-performing organizations.
A trip to Paris was an invaluable experience that broadened this writer's awareness to a different country and culture--and taught her about life and how these lessons can be applied to project management.
In our concluding installment, we will continue our exploration of knowledge management in organizations. It will include a continuation of the discussion around the forms and methods to build knowledge bases, and examine the challenges of sorting and indexing data so that it becomes useful information.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT's relativity."