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Project Management Workshops: What factors significantly reduce their effectiveness?
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As a professional, I’m sure you would have attended several Project Management workshops.
What, in your view, are the key factors that reduce the effectiveness of these sessions?
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Karthik what is your definition of a PM workshop? Are you referring to things like planning workshops i.e. plan the project execution or more like training workshops i.e. learn more about PM discipline?
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Workshops as its name implies is practice in the basement. People learn from doing. Theory is getting from doing. So, workshops implies high expertisse from the instructor from practical case creation to worshop management.
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1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Nov 29, 2018 5:55 AM
Anton Oosthuizen
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Actually the word 'workshop' does not imply practice (learning I assume) but rather a place to create. Workshops are held for many different reasons. You have workshops where knowledge is shared i.e. training and then this knowledge is applied though exercises. So basically training with a practical aspect i.e. applied learning.

Then you get workshops where idea are shared, typically during the planning phase of something. While things might be learned during a planning workshop that is not the intent, the intent being that participants will work together to reach an outcome such as a schedule, action plan, common understanding etc.

But the skills of the workshop facilitator is probably the single biggest factor that could influence the effectiveness and outcome of any workshop session. After that the factors that influence a workshop would typically depend on the type of workshop. For training the content and media used has an impact while for working the validity of the workshop (should it actually happen) will influence the outcome.
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Nov 29, 2018 4:04 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Workshops as its name implies is practice in the basement. People learn from doing. Theory is getting from doing. So, workshops implies high expertisse from the instructor from practical case creation to worshop management.
Actually the word 'workshop' does not imply practice (learning I assume) but rather a place to create. Workshops are held for many different reasons. You have workshops where knowledge is shared i.e. training and then this knowledge is applied though exercises. So basically training with a practical aspect i.e. applied learning.

Then you get workshops where idea are shared, typically during the planning phase of something. While things might be learned during a planning workshop that is not the intent, the intent being that participants will work together to reach an outcome such as a schedule, action plan, common understanding etc.

But the skills of the workshop facilitator is probably the single biggest factor that could influence the effectiveness and outcome of any workshop session. After that the factors that influence a workshop would typically depend on the type of workshop. For training the content and media used has an impact while for working the validity of the workshop (should it actually happen) will influence the outcome.
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Hi,
1-No workshop planner with Topic,Detail,Learning Style/Activity,Time Materials .
2-No idea what you want your participants to learn .
3- no clear information about your audience -People have different learning styles – some find it easier to learn through discussion, group exercises or using pictures, whereas others prefer to be lectured at, or given information to read themselves.
4- No interaction between trainer & participants . Workshop should be more interactive. involve the participants actively in sessions.
5- No Live examples in sessions.
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Presentation driven, lack of engagement.
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The workshops should not be theoritical. People should be able to apply the learnings from the workshop.

When I presented a Decision Making workshop in PM Global Conference at LA, we got feedback from majority of the attendees that they will be able to apply what was covered,
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Karthik -

1. Do the delivery methods align with the workshop objectives (e.g. death by PowerPoint)?
2. Did the facilitator take the time to understand individual learner objectives and try to incorporate that into their approach?
3. Did the learning environment help or hinder (e.g. too hot, too noisy)?

Kiron
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You'll kill future workshops, if you run a (maybe good) workshop, but ignore the results.

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