Project Management

Powerful Form of Professional Development

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Risks are all over your project, from the birth of the idea to completion. Maximize benefits with true risk management of your project. In this blog, I bring ideas, some basic level of knowledge on key project subjects. I try to have everything identical in English and French.

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Continuous education comes in many shapes, forms and flavours. We now have so many ways to learn. We all share one goal, increases our value by additional knowledge. 

Since childhood, we have been learning. First by listening and looking at others and doing the same, our first step, our first word. We have increased our way of learning since that age. What are the other forms of learning?

The first that comes to mind is formal classroom education. The education format most of us experience since 1st grade. Where one teacher would talk to a group of students. Those classrooms could be from a few people to a few hundred in higher degrees. You may have experienced it also for specialized training, seminars or conferences.

Then there is a series of ways we learned, by coaching, mentoring, e-learning, communities of practice. Just to name some of those we all have been exposed to.

Recently I was invited to a book launch by a friend, the co-author. The book “Collaborer et agir - Mieux et autrement” was presented, it would translate to “Collaborate and act—better and otherwise.” The event was not only that the book was launched, but some simulation of co-development was proposed for a better understanding of the kind of learning that the book promoted.

So I was exposed to a different format call, “Professional Co-development”. Developed in the 1990s by Adrien Payette and Claude Champagne from Montréal, Québec. It seems to be taking more and more places. The approach was to valorize experience and use the multiplying strength of a small group.  

I don’t plan to fully explain the extent of this training approach here. But here are a few key parts.

How is the group form?

A small group of people is formed, less than 8 is suggested, with an animator/facilitator. They will have meetings at a regular frequency, once or twice a month or other agree on frequency. The meeting duration is a few hours, long enough to have a complete discussion on the subject chosen by the “client”, typically 3–4 hours. Those meetings need to place each participant as the “client” at one time, so it could take close to a year.

All is governed by some rules. The first is trust, so that can influence the group creation. The content of the meeting needs to be confidential. Participants need to be willing to share an experience.

So, the group can be formed by Project Manager involved in different projects. It could also be a mix of various managing people in a single project. 

How is it done?

In turn, each participant takes the demanding role (client) explaining what it is they want to improve/solve for the meeting. The other members of the group would then act as “consultants” to help solve the problem presented or in improving the aspect of the practice that was identified by the “Client”. Not to forget, there is a facilitator to ensure positive group dynamics.

The meeting agenda is composed of 7 steps clearly defined. That is the role and responsibility of the facilitator, to follow the steps and respect the time-space.

Benefits?

Like any other form of training, there are multiple. Some that I found the most interesting are the team building, for the organization. Learn how to better ask questions and listen to the answer. Since the problems presented are real, the solution finding principle is very valuable.

That simple?

No, not really, many books were written first by the coauthor of the approach and then a few others. It is a well-organized type of training that includes many rules and steps all well documented.

That was just to get you exposed to this training concept, “Professional Co-development”. This is far from a complete explanation. Hope you discover the basis of this innovating approach to learning.

Posted on: April 10, 2019 09:21 AM | Permalink

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Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks for sharing this Vincent, it is definitely interesting. In some ways, it is similar to a facilitated workshop.

Hi Rami,

Glad you like it. There is some similarity, in the sense that each session could look like a facilitated workshop. Participants are usually not from the same project, you could push it to people from different organizations. There would be an equivalent number of participant and session. Each session assigns to a participant subject, the goal is for all to grow from the session.

This is a great technique and requires highly skilled facilitator or tutor.

Wow ..interesting post

Great. Thanks for sharing this. Role play exercises can offer growth opportunities and professional benefits.

Interesting perspectives about great way of learning.
Thanks for sharing!!

Good one, Vincent and thanks for sharing.

True. Thank you.

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