September 28 & 29, 2020 | Virtual
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Some years ago I was member of a bit smaller group of PMs working on different customers and projects, but within the banking industry. Our manager tried to support the spread of tacit knowledge within the group.
We met once a quarter as a group, more often as sub-groups (e.g. discussing estimations), established pairs of peers where each side had something to give and to learn, did peer reviews of our projects and over time inseminated projects with common good practices.
I especially valued the peer reviews, as they are beneficial for both sides.
Think actually we would see such groups as Spotify-type Chapters and Guilds.
A specialty of project management peer groups is that they do not team for work, just for learning. Every individual is lonely in that they are expected to lead a team and shield it against an outer world of user, clients, sponsors etc.
Take a look to implement a Knowledge Management System where system is not software system. In my years in the field it was the only solution to gain knowledge and in this way helping to gain into agility.
Sounds like a great endeavor! You could do topic-focused workshops using a virtual collaboration platform like Miro coupled with a persistent chat solution like Slack or MS Teams. Come up with specific topics of interest (using a Lean Coffee or similar approach) and then have workshops with the group to share learnings related to those topics on whiteboards using knowledge elicitation (e.g. brainwriting, affinity grouping, fishbone diagrams) tools.
Few possibilities could be
1. monthly connect with a defined agenda (one topic share by one of the PMs and topic can be selected based on current project or previous experience.
2. Info share blog or page for queries where other PM can respond to query based on their knowledge and experience.
This will help others also to see the feedback. An searchable FAQ or tool will help avoiding duplication.
3. A award ceremony or event to bring best project based on different category will help in bringing best project and leasons learned to surface.
4. Workshops on selected topics e.g. process improvement, quality etc.
What I would like to see too, is a db where all knowledge remains like in my answer to Thomas in this thread.
I did setup in the past regional PM community with around 200 PMs across 14 countries. As part of community, I implemented a one-stop-shop Intranet site, based on Sharepoint, for best practice sharing.
It was a virtual community, we did not have face-to-face meetings, and all had to be done virtually. The main goal was to give transparency on PMs, their specific skills, projects, business areas where they had experience, as well as any news and updates in the company's processes and regulations which would have an impact on project management and governance.
Later on, we included a sections - jobs, where HR would post projects and open assignments in projects in other countries (internally), in order to help the cross-boarder assignments and gaining more international experience.
It was a big success, and the approach became a best practice example for global implementation - we are talking of 1000's of PMs globally.
If you are interested, I can share more details, you can send me a message.
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