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What to do with ideas once you have them?
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As a project manager, you are moving towards the end of a project and realize a great idea that could radically improve your deliverable. What are the ways to keep that idea around so that when planning starts for the next iteration, your idea can be used? Can you think of a way to capture ideas like this for the entire team?
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Capture the Idea as a Learning for that Phase in the Phase-end Review, if you know that the next phase is going to start soon.
Otherwise you can capture it as a learning for the Project in the Project Closure Report and tell about it to the stakeholders in the Project Closure Workshop.
The PMO should Ideally have a learnings register for future projects to access so your idea can be explored.
The reality in most organisations is that every project works in silos and seldom you see the transfer of learnings from one project to the other.
If we create a Utopia, Us Project Managers would be out of jobs, wouldn't we?
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Dec 18, 2017 11:41 AM
Anish Abraham
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Thanks Deepseh, for your feedback.
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In a recent project, since we utilized SharePoint with a project site, I created a 'parking lot' list to capture these types of items. Provided an easy way to capture the important details. I added some conditional formatting to highlight with priority level through item weight.

This added significant value to the 'enhancement' phase initiating and planning activities.
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"Parking lot" on a SharePoint site is a good idea. I think for teams new to creative thinking, an affinity diagram is a good way to go. I'm sure that it will help find more ideas and brings people into the process.

Thanks for your feedback on this, Andrew.
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Anis I agree with you Affinity diagram is a good idea. Surely it will help to find out more ideas and brings people into process
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Dec 18, 2017 11:41 AM
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Thanks Mansoor, for your response.
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Create them in Visio, share them in SharePoint.
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Anish -

Leverage agile concepts and keep a backlog of enhancements for a given product, service, or result regardless of whether your organization is following a product or project-centric delivery approach.

By doing so, whoever is the decision maker for the next release will include that enhancement in the prioritization & selection process.

Kiron
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Dec 18, 2017 11:40 AM
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Thank you Kiron, for the suggestion.
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"Parking Lot Chart" is a great way to keep bright ideas around.
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A Lessons Learned page on Confluence is also a good spot to capture this data.
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Dec 18, 2017 8:02 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Anish -

Leverage agile concepts and keep a backlog of enhancements for a given product, service, or result regardless of whether your organization is following a product or project-centric delivery approach.

By doing so, whoever is the decision maker for the next release will include that enhancement in the prioritization & selection process.

Kiron
Thank you Kiron, for the suggestion.
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Dec 17, 2017 7:37 PM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy, PMP®
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Capture the Idea as a Learning for that Phase in the Phase-end Review, if you know that the next phase is going to start soon.
Otherwise you can capture it as a learning for the Project in the Project Closure Report and tell about it to the stakeholders in the Project Closure Workshop.
The PMO should Ideally have a learnings register for future projects to access so your idea can be explored.
The reality in most organisations is that every project works in silos and seldom you see the transfer of learnings from one project to the other.
If we create a Utopia, Us Project Managers would be out of jobs, wouldn't we?
Thanks Deepseh, for your feedback.
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