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Which project management skills support the digital transformation?
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Digital transformations require agile organizations and teams. Also entrepreneurship and new ways of working are claimed. What does this mean for a project manager? What skills are required?
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1) The ability to solicit meaningful customer requirements and objectives
2) The ability to influence stakeholders

R&O: Digital transformation has become an industry buzzword. Everybody wants to do it. Most can't tell you what they mean by that term or how they expect to get value from it. The vast majority fail. When the customer has a vague notion of what they want to achieve, the PM needs to help clarify the problem if they are to develop a good solution.

Influencing stakeholders: With a vague solution space, you often have many different opinions about what should be done. Building consensus, steering people to a workable solution, and helping others find the value equation to steer their own decision making process is very helpful in getting everybody on a plan that will actually produce something of value. I've literally used strategies straight out of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" to help steer the decision making process of difficult customers.
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Change management knowledge/skills AND Communication Management would support digital transformation
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Mirko -

Doubling down on their competency with the soft skills of the trade but also becoming much more change resilient and able to help stakeholders through rapid change.

Kiron
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With all my due respect, it is not ritght (sorry, I do not know a better statement to use in english please do not be upset) in your statement. "Digital Transformation" is a new buzzword. It does not exists. And it is the first step to fail when organizations started initiatives with that as an objective. What exists is the need to consider the organization as an open an adaptable system which interacts with the environment receiving stimuli today from digital source tomorrow dont know. Here is where Agile has sense: Agile giving agility which is the ability to be prepare for "dont know". Second, Agile is not needed to survive into an environment receving stimuli from digital source.I am working with all these staff (AI, IoT, what today is named Big Data, etc) from 1998 and I was part of the Agile genesis that was in 1990,
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1 reply by Mirko Blüming
Dec 03, 2018 5:16 PM
Mirko Blüming
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Hi Sergio, thank you for being straight. I agree, it'll be a mess and waste if "digital transformation" is claimed as an objective without a common understanding what that means. But you cannot ignore the term exists. And - I think - it is more than another word for "agile" or "adaptive". It includes the need to actively follow or push digital trends additionally to the usual customer/project owner's requirements.
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Hi Mirko, my last assignment in Europe was to lead digital transformation for large company. Such a job is very comprehensive and requires a lot of skills. Ability to navigate in complexity, fast learning, ability to apply principles in new environments, great organizational and communication skills on all levels including technical experts, business, c-level, open mind and creativity, to see long term vision and manage daily tasks at the same time. I’m happy to share more details.
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1 reply by Mirko Blüming
Dec 03, 2018 5:22 PM
Mirko Blüming
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Hi Lenka, thank you for your intro. It would be great if you can share more - especially how you managed both daily tasks while not loosing the vision.
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Communication, Stakeholder Management, Change Management Resource Management and overall Integration Management
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Dec 03, 2018 8:59 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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With all my due respect, it is not ritght (sorry, I do not know a better statement to use in english please do not be upset) in your statement. "Digital Transformation" is a new buzzword. It does not exists. And it is the first step to fail when organizations started initiatives with that as an objective. What exists is the need to consider the organization as an open an adaptable system which interacts with the environment receiving stimuli today from digital source tomorrow dont know. Here is where Agile has sense: Agile giving agility which is the ability to be prepare for "dont know". Second, Agile is not needed to survive into an environment receving stimuli from digital source.I am working with all these staff (AI, IoT, what today is named Big Data, etc) from 1998 and I was part of the Agile genesis that was in 1990,
Hi Sergio, thank you for being straight. I agree, it'll be a mess and waste if "digital transformation" is claimed as an objective without a common understanding what that means. But you cannot ignore the term exists. And - I think - it is more than another word for "agile" or "adaptive". It includes the need to actively follow or push digital trends additionally to the usual customer/project owner's requirements.
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Dec 03, 2018 10:08 AM
Replying to Lenka Pincot
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Hi Mirko, my last assignment in Europe was to lead digital transformation for large company. Such a job is very comprehensive and requires a lot of skills. Ability to navigate in complexity, fast learning, ability to apply principles in new environments, great organizational and communication skills on all levels including technical experts, business, c-level, open mind and creativity, to see long term vision and manage daily tasks at the same time. I’m happy to share more details.
Hi Lenka, thank you for your intro. It would be great if you can share more - especially how you managed both daily tasks while not loosing the vision.

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