April 14, 2011
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I came to project management from a software development background. Later, I took on responsibilities of leading teams and designing solutions and most recently managing entire projects. I started off by running projects based on my experiences in delivery teams and approaches that I saw worked and failed. After some time, I did the PRINCE2 certifications. Then what? I found PRINCE2 had validated many of my practices, and in some cases given me food for thought on how I could do things better. Unless you work in a PMO environment, where there are other Project Managers you can learn from first hand, implementing many of the principles become a much harder task.
Last few months, I have been going to the PRINCE2 User Group meetings in Wellington. I have to say, it has been a revelation. Last evening we had Jeff Gibson, Director of Transform IR Programme from the Inland Revenue and Paul Sutton from Project Results – talking about Projects and Programs and some of the differences in emphasis and skills that are required to deliver each successfully, and some of the challenges facing programmes of work. There were 7 minute talks – just stand-up, no PowerPoint. The talks were followed by a Q&A session and group discussions with the speakers on the topic. Quality of the speakers definitely makes for a good meeting.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Project Management Professionals to engage in a non-competitive knowledge sharing and networking. Venue was provided by Deloitte and drinks and nibbles were sponsored by Tregaskis Brown. It was very nicely done. Participation is free of cost.
If you have not come to one, I can thoroughly recommend it.