Everyone should aim to increase their knowledge and remain up to date with the latest practices. This is key for career progression and personal growth. Review what you have learned before, find some re-usable material from colleagues, forums and other sources of knowledge such as conferences. This is how “reinventing the wheel” is of real benefit.
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In knowledge management, half the battle is knowing what you don't know. But when it comes to actually using knowledge for some specific purpose, it's often times even harder to understand and communicate what you do know. Enter mind mapping.
What does it mean to be a project management Luddite? It means that you don’t specifically need a great deal of technology to manage projects well.
No one can ever say for sure why the terrorist attacks of 9/11 happened, but this author firmly believes that a major contributing factor was a classic KM situation of too much information and data, and not enough context.
If traditional data-gathering techniques aren't providing the information necessary to create solid requirements, consider another option not often used by project teams.
High-performance teams keep it simple, stay focused and positive, create ownership, and take systematic approaches. These principles are also crucial to creating a continuous improvement culture and mindset, but many organizations get bogged down. Let’s take a closer look at why, and how common pitfalls can be avoided.
One approach to improve project management maturity is through a project management community of practice, an informal group of PM practitioners who share advice, tips, techniques, lessons learned and promote relevant topics in the project and program management domain.
When change is presented as a mandate or “best practice” there are often destructive consequences that undermine the intended benefits. A better approach is to reframe and carry out improvement efforts as experiments. This can facilitate deeper learning and team building, not to mention create added value in unexpected ways.
According to a Gartner report, companies lose, on average, US$8.2 million annually due to issues with their data, a number that can increase when dealing with regulatory compliance and public safety issues. To meet business objectives, improve business agility, speed the time to market, reduce operating costs, as well as demands of the CIO for accurate information and actionable business insight, organizations have come to understand that they need to invoke more systemic strategies to manage the quality of data across the enterprise.
Wouldn’t it be easier if someone just sent you all the information that you needed to know? Social media helps accomplish this goal by leveraging the interactive and collaborative platforms that Web 2.0 provides.