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Automation, AI - How could they affect you?

Lesson to be learned from renovation of historical landmark - Updated

Powerful Form of Professional Development

Coaching with positive feedback! WRONG

Did you , consider other risk like new technologies

Automation, AI - How could they affect you?

In a recent study "Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How machines are affecting people and places". Some interesting information is available. 

The jobs that seem to have more potential for automation are the one that doesn't require a Bachelor's degree.  Not that surprising.

Project management does not specifically name, some close relatives will be "Management" and "Business" with a relatively low level of automation. 

Some jobs in project management will be affected, more specifically "Administration" that doesn't require a bachelor degree.

Other jobs that are identified will be more specific by industry.

Some interesting information.

The study was made for the USA only, love to see WW study



Study available -

related in HBR May-June 2019 paper issue, p26 there is an interesting graph about the study.

Posted on: April 18, 2019 08:29 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Lesson to be learned from renovation of historical landmark - Updated

Has of writing this we don't know much about the source of the terrible fire, that ravage Notre-Dame of Paris.

Notre-Dame was started in 1163 the construction lasted about 200 years, many generations participated in the construction. It is a part of humanity heritage, part of many stories that we all know such as "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame". A terrible loss for human history, part of Unesco World Heritage Center. Notre-Dame

My first impression is that the construction/renovation happening on the building might be at the source of the blaze. Many old structures need to undergo a major renovation. That is not without risk.


All around the world-historical structure need to go through a renovation cycle from time to time. In the process of those project do we put enough security? Who should be responsible for ensuring that enough resources are considered for fire risk? We have to be reminded that many of those historical structures consist of an important quantity of wood. Wood should I remind you is highly flammable, especially old dry wood.


Hopefully in the case of Notre-Dame the external structure, the part in stone, will be saved. That is the initial evaluation. Rebuilding will be a daunting project, likely over 10 years of work.


Everybody that is involved in a similar project should double check the risk mitigation that is planned in the project. I can think of two projects that would go into a similar rework the city hall here in Montréal and the Parliament in Ottawa are just starting this kind of work. The Voltigeurs de Québec Armory structure was in this kind of renovation, you guessed it a fire also destroyed the wooden structure in 2008.


In any case, I'm not blaming anyone, a project is the work of many people.

We should learn from those terrible events. How many of other historical landmarks can we lose before learning?


Were there similar events in your region? What were the lessons learned?


A study made by Didier Rykner in France reveals that 50% of church fire is during renovation work, so associated with construction work. Should there be more lessons learned from that?



Some resources I found concerning fire risk in renovation

If you don't know about Notre-Dame

And the fire

Posted on: April 15, 2019 10:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Powerful Form of Professional Development

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.


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 | Comments (9)

Coaching with positive feedback! WRONG

In a recent article, I have seen that on the contrary. We might be pushing our ways instead of encouraging the individual to develop a personalized way.

Communication is one of the keys to project success. We give feedback to our team members or peer. It is often said to give constructive feedback. 

A recent study from Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall published by HBR (Harvard Business Review) question the bias we put into it and the efficiency in the improvement of people skills.

Have a look at the article The “Feedback Fallacy”. 

What have you learned? Do you plan to change the way you help your team grow?


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Posted on: March 24, 2019 04:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Did you , consider other risk like new technologies

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Always interested in new technologies, I'm also interested in an evaluation of risk. In this case, it might not have a direct relation to project management. Personally, I find that we tend to not evaluate risk from a supplier or other parties involve in our project.

In this case, Cryptocurrency is involved or the organization governance. What is the risk of doing business with the corporation xyz? Do you really evaluate it?

Look at this article "QuadrigaCX: How To Lose $140 Million In An Instant"

What would append to your project if it depended in an organization that seems to have just one key resource?

Posted on: February 05, 2019 07:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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