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Collaborative efforts – reflective possibilities
Within the walls of our virtual community, we have experts across a host of domains and practice areas, including many who have been pioneers in their field. These experts, along with others (who may not consider themselves as such) provide advice and thought leadership in this forum.

As you participate over time in the community, you become familiar with the personalities, personas, and acumen of the contributors, to the extent that you start to feel like you know them. If you are like me (with most being thankful that they are not) you ponder the thought – what would a collaborative effort between “x and y type” or “x, y and z type” look like; what project-related problems facing our profession could feasibly be solved if we collaborated on given subjects.

Without mentioning names, but recognizing the skills present, what outputs and outcomes could you envision being generated out of collaborative efforts from our collective “brain trust”?
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Oct 17, 2019 10:12 PM
Replying to George Freeman
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@Keith, you have officially burst my bubble and @Kiron, you took “world hunger” and “climate change” off the table; so what are we to do? :)

I had an interesting experience after my live webinar (a couple of months ago), where a highly respected first batch PMP recipient (Jan 1, 1984) reached out to me and wanted to have a video conference. We hooked up and spoke for about 45 minutes on a myriad of subjects. The back and forth resonated for both of us and was quite fulfilling. I’ve had other experiences, such as working on international projects dealing with diverse cultures/approaches/personalities, where the exchange of ideas was never-never easy, but always valuable both from a project and a personal perspective.

I truly enjoy the comment-based discussions we have on the board and the value we are able to provide. However, I believe there is another level of collaboration that is needed at times which is best sufficed via other mediums (e.g. video, voice, content sharing). I’m not sure how this would look (for sure), but I do know it would add value to the community.

How about baby-stepping into it, even without delivered functionality to this platform. What are your thoughts?
George,
It's not limited to this community. Sometimes when teams of battle hardened professionals are assembled, the story plays out like Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, selflessly struggling for the higher goal. Other times it resembles 1970's Kung-Fu movies.

"Your Agile Dragon style is no match for my Five Level Gantt Chart of Death! WE MUST FIGHT!!!" ;-)
Oct 17, 2019 12:44 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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While I don't think we could solve world hunger or climate change, I do believe that there is sufficient critical mass of active, contributing PM expertise to be able to proactively help practitioners new to the PM role. This ties to Dina's post today about virtual mentoring...
Dear kiron
You can't end hunger that doesn't exist in the world, but you can do your part :-)
Hi @Keith, The fellowship of the rings is a good analogy. A mandate, from on high, delivered to a specialized team who chartered themselves to accomplish a shared strategic goal, despite having no agreement on the plan to get there. They moved forward, not knowing what was ahead, adopting an agile (I mean hybrid) approach that iteratively resolved them two steps forward, then one step back for what seemed to be an eternity.

After countless project resets and casualties, they eventually meet their objective and claim the hard-won victory. Let us also remember that the team had battle-hardened and next-gen members and that victory was only obtainable due to this mix - so, there is hope for us. Project managers implement change, and change doesn’t come easy, thus the inherent battles that define our profession and that which makes us “battle-hardened.” These so-called scars do not represent damage, but instead, “lessons learned,” so let’s pursue them.

I’m preaching to the choir – kind of fun. So, what are the best options from a function/price perspective for collaboration? @Andrew mentioned Slack and Discord; then there’s Webex, Zoom, Teams, Skype, Goto Meeting, etc. I’ve used all of these but Slack and Discord – additional thoughts?
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Oct 19, 2019 9:54 AM
Kiron Bondale
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I've found Slack to be the simplest for setting up a quick community and it has a good ecosystem of add-ons which extend capabilities as needed (e.g. polling, games).

I'm game to try it out for virtual mentoring or similar collaboration purposes if others are...

Kiron
Oct 19, 2019 1:12 PM
Keith Novak
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I'm fairly open to tool options at this point. My employer has security protocols that severely limit my options for experimentation so I am generally either limited to software very well vetted by our IT people, or I must use home-grown purpose built software often designed by people who know much more about coding than PM.

When I attended grad school a few years ago, I was constantly having to interface with fellow students on one new collaborative system or another. I found many had connectivity or other technical issues, especially when working behind a firewall. Within the course of a semester I could reliably find my own way of working with whatever given tool long enough to complete the team projects.

Although this dates me...could still get by if someone found an old overhead projector and I had to tell my tale with 5 minutes of photocopies on viewfoil slides with hand made annotations using multi-colored dry erase pens, and a 3-ring binder of backup material.

My approach has turned into: Functionality first. We can make it look pretty later or work the bugs out if that's even important. I guess I could say I was agile before agile was cool.
Dear Geroge
The other day, on Linkedin, I saw a situation that intrigued me but at the same time generated new ideas:
"Live Conversations"
Oct 19, 2019 12:30 AM
Replying to George Freeman
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Hi @Keith, The fellowship of the rings is a good analogy. A mandate, from on high, delivered to a specialized team who chartered themselves to accomplish a shared strategic goal, despite having no agreement on the plan to get there. They moved forward, not knowing what was ahead, adopting an agile (I mean hybrid) approach that iteratively resolved them two steps forward, then one step back for what seemed to be an eternity.

After countless project resets and casualties, they eventually meet their objective and claim the hard-won victory. Let us also remember that the team had battle-hardened and next-gen members and that victory was only obtainable due to this mix - so, there is hope for us. Project managers implement change, and change doesn’t come easy, thus the inherent battles that define our profession and that which makes us “battle-hardened.” These so-called scars do not represent damage, but instead, “lessons learned,” so let’s pursue them.

I’m preaching to the choir – kind of fun. So, what are the best options from a function/price perspective for collaboration? @Andrew mentioned Slack and Discord; then there’s Webex, Zoom, Teams, Skype, Goto Meeting, etc. I’ve used all of these but Slack and Discord – additional thoughts?
I've found Slack to be the simplest for setting up a quick community and it has a good ecosystem of add-ons which extend capabilities as needed (e.g. polling, games).

I'm game to try it out for virtual mentoring or similar collaboration purposes if others are...

Kiron
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Oct 19, 2019 10:28 AM
George Freeman
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Slack looks like a good fit. Let’s reach out to PM.com for guidance and direction on the subject.
Oct 19, 2019 9:54 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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I've found Slack to be the simplest for setting up a quick community and it has a good ecosystem of add-ons which extend capabilities as needed (e.g. polling, games).

I'm game to try it out for virtual mentoring or similar collaboration purposes if others are...

Kiron
Slack looks like a good fit. Let’s reach out to PM.com for guidance and direction on the subject.
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Oct 19, 2019 5:48 PM
Kiron Bondale
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Not sure we'd need guidance from the community moderators if this is something we would be supporting via Slack - in effect, we would be creating an entirely separate community.

Kiron
Oct 19, 2019 12:30 AM
Replying to George Freeman
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Hi @Keith, The fellowship of the rings is a good analogy. A mandate, from on high, delivered to a specialized team who chartered themselves to accomplish a shared strategic goal, despite having no agreement on the plan to get there. They moved forward, not knowing what was ahead, adopting an agile (I mean hybrid) approach that iteratively resolved them two steps forward, then one step back for what seemed to be an eternity.

After countless project resets and casualties, they eventually meet their objective and claim the hard-won victory. Let us also remember that the team had battle-hardened and next-gen members and that victory was only obtainable due to this mix - so, there is hope for us. Project managers implement change, and change doesn’t come easy, thus the inherent battles that define our profession and that which makes us “battle-hardened.” These so-called scars do not represent damage, but instead, “lessons learned,” so let’s pursue them.

I’m preaching to the choir – kind of fun. So, what are the best options from a function/price perspective for collaboration? @Andrew mentioned Slack and Discord; then there’s Webex, Zoom, Teams, Skype, Goto Meeting, etc. I’ve used all of these but Slack and Discord – additional thoughts?
I'm fairly open to tool options at this point. My employer has security protocols that severely limit my options for experimentation so I am generally either limited to software very well vetted by our IT people, or I must use home-grown purpose built software often designed by people who know much more about coding than PM.

When I attended grad school a few years ago, I was constantly having to interface with fellow students on one new collaborative system or another. I found many had connectivity or other technical issues, especially when working behind a firewall. Within the course of a semester I could reliably find my own way of working with whatever given tool long enough to complete the team projects.

Although this dates me...could still get by if someone found an old overhead projector and I had to tell my tale with 5 minutes of photocopies on viewfoil slides with hand made annotations using multi-colored dry erase pens, and a 3-ring binder of backup material.

My approach has turned into: Functionality first. We can make it look pretty later or work the bugs out if that's even important. I guess I could say I was agile before agile was cool.
Oct 19, 2019 10:28 AM
Replying to George Freeman
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Slack looks like a good fit. Let’s reach out to PM.com for guidance and direction on the subject.
Not sure we'd need guidance from the community moderators if this is something we would be supporting via Slack - in effect, we would be creating an entirely separate community.

Kiron
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