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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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Jan 27, 2019 5:19 AM
Karthik Ramamurthy
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@Anton Oosthuizen: That is indeed a relevant question.
I wa referring to Project Management Skills workshops such as "Effective Scope Management for Project Managers," "Practical Risk Management for Project Success," "Powerful Presenting for Project Managers," "Conflict Resolution for Project Managers," etc.
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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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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.
Jan 27, 2019 5:41 AM
Karthik Ramamurthy
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@Sergio Luis Conte: Thanks a ton for the clarification!
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Nov 29, 2018 4:04 AM
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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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1 reply by Karthik Ramamurthy
Jan 27, 2019 5:40 AM
Karthik Ramamurthy
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@Shadav Mohammad Ansari: Thanks a million for sharing these extremely important factors that damage the effectiveness of PM workshops.
Unfortunately, as attendee, I've suffered from several of these factors in the past.
I hope you will continue contributing for the benefit of our thriving PM community here!
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Presentation driven, lack of engagement.
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1 reply by Karthik Ramamurthy
Jan 27, 2019 5:29 AM
Karthik Ramamurthy
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@Andrew Craig. Agree 100%!
It is critical for workshop success and effectiveness to be engaging, and as Kiron also suggested, using techniques outside of plain-vanilla presentation slides.
I'm sure you will contnue contributing for the benefit of our PM community here!
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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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1 reply by Karthik Ramamurthy
Jan 27, 2019 5:28 AM
Karthik Ramamurthy
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Thanks a million, Sripriya!
I do remember the efforts we took to give attendees practical takeaways, and the excellent feedback we received for those workshop sessions at Los Angeles in October 2018!
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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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Jan 27, 2019 5:26 AM
Karthik Ramamurthy
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@Kiron Bondale: Excellent points all, as I see you make in a meaningful manner to practically all discussions here, and on our PMI LinkedIn group.
It is indeed critical to use engaging techiques outside of Powerpoint, and to make sincere efforts to understand individual plus group learning objectives.
Thanks a million, and I know you will keep contributing for the advancement of our PM community here!
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You'll kill future workshops, if you run a (maybe good) workshop, but ignore the results.
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1 reply by Karthik Ramamurthy
Jan 27, 2019 5:23 AM
Karthik Ramamurthy
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@Mirko Bluming: I agree 100%!
Too often, workshops focus on high-end theory which attendees find impractical to implement. That's one reason I try and ensure that the material covers practical steps that Project Managers can quickly take to improve chances of Project Success.
At the end, I ak participants to promise each other, through written notes, of the specific steps they plan to implement over the next few weeks.
On a predetermined date, each participant contacts the person whose promise they hold, to ask whether the promises were met.
After all, we take promises made to others far more seriously than promises we may make to ourselves!
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Nov 29, 2018 2:35 AM
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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?
@Anton Oosthuizen: That is indeed a relevant question.
I wa referring to Project Management Skills workshops such as "Effective Scope Management for Project Managers," "Practical Risk Management for Project Success," "Powerful Presenting for Project Managers," "Conflict Resolution for Project Managers," etc.
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Dec 06, 2018 5:59 PM
Replying to Mirko Blüming
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You'll kill future workshops, if you run a (maybe good) workshop, but ignore the results.
@Mirko Bluming: I agree 100%!
Too often, workshops focus on high-end theory which attendees find impractical to implement. That's one reason I try and ensure that the material covers practical steps that Project Managers can quickly take to improve chances of Project Success.
At the end, I ak participants to promise each other, through written notes, of the specific steps they plan to implement over the next few weeks.
On a predetermined date, each participant contacts the person whose promise they hold, to ask whether the promises were met.
After all, we take promises made to others far more seriously than promises we may make to ourselves!
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