Categories: collectable cards
Card number 13 in my series of 16 Project World Collectable Cards is titled: Transitions.
What do you draw when you are visualizing a project on a whiteboard?
I draw an arrow from left to right that represents a timeline. Not always. But many times.
The way you visualize, determines your focus. I’ve been playing with the simple but powerful concept of a Project Story Circle.
The project is represented by a circular arrow and is divided in half with a horizontal line.
The idea behind it is the following:
- An organization has the need for something. A challenge has to be conquered. A group of people starts a journey and brings back their result to the organization.
- The upper half of the circle represents time spent outside the project. Preparing for the voyage. And getting the results back to the place where it is needed.
- The bottom half makes up for project time.
- This will focus attention on the transitions organization-project and project-organization.
- This will focus attention on the idea that you undertake the project long before the actual project starts and that it only ends when you have gone full circle; when the actual benefits are realized.
You can use this shape when discussing projects.
- Where do people join the journey? (indicate on the circle)
- In which parts are they active? (indicate on the circle)
- Where do they expect problems? (indicate on the circle)
Talking about transitions is important. Transitions reveal patterns. And antipatterns. It’s the moment when contrast is at its peak. When everything remains the same, we don’t notice our rhythms and boundaries that much. When all of a sudden everything is changing, we start to notice what felt natural before.
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