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The Tent - Project World Collectable Card #7

From the The Project Shrink Blog
Bas de Baar is a Dutch visual facilitator, creating visual tools for dialogue. He is dedicated to improve the dialogue we use to make sense of change. As The Project Shrink, this is the riddle he tries to solve: “If you are a Project Manager that operates for a short period of time in a foreign organization, with a global team you don’t know, in a domain you would not know, using virtual communication, high uncertainty, limited authority and part of what you do out in the open on the Internet, how do you make it all work?”

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Card number 7 in my series of 16 Project World Collectable Cards is titled "The Tent."


The Tent. Creating Your Temporary Comfort Zone.

Your crew needs some kind of protection. If you’re on A Big Adventure you need a support structure. Projects create change. Change makes waves through the organization. And change creates stress for people. Your project is a temporary structure within the host organization.

A tent is the fantastic metaphor for the temporary structure that tries to maintain the resilience in your project. Think about it as a hospital tent set up in a field. It allows the doctors to perform surgery isolated from what happens around them. It provides focus and shelter. It’s not a fortress. The walls are thin and allow for surrounding noises to enter. It’s put up when needed and taken away when it has served its purpose.

What kind of information or stuff do you need to get into the tent to do your job, and what do you want to keep outside? Sun provides warmth in the tent, but the tent should keep the rain outside. Heralds can come in. But beware of the sirens!

What does your comfort zone look like?

How are the boundaries set up and maintained?


Location of this card on the overall map:

I am creating the most awesome poster that ever existed about projects: Your Big Adventure. :) I started to make cards about different things you do in projects. There are a total of 16 that together make an incredible poster. 


Bas de Baar is a writer who draws about people in transition. He loves to make visual maps and travel guides for the collaborators of our brave new world.

Posted on: May 20, 2013 05:12 AM | Permalink

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