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Why a Project Management Office? (and Other Offices Out ... - PM Hut

Why a Project Management Office? (and Other Offices Out ... - PM Hut | Project Management | Scoop.it
PM hut - The Project Management Hut Project Management Articles Project Management Huts On-Site Project Management Training job hunting news contact. PM hut - The Project Management Hut ...
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I've heard many a Project Manager talk about managing processes far more frequently than managing and motivating his or her team. It's as if they've been trained to depend upon processes instead of Human Beings (the greatest assets of any business). Project Management, to be successful, requires people to interact effectively. If they can communicate frequently and in real-world, real-time, that is absolutely best. It's the best for education, and the best for increasing the frequency of Human interaction.

 

I like Project Management Hut's approach of having "Huts-On-Site" for education and training. I'm picturing (though laughable) little kiosks which look like thatched huts on the beach of some tropical paradise, right down to the leaves on the top and perhaps an ethanol-free refreshment bar... but I'm just dreaming.

 

If I could suggest to PM Hut (http://www.PMhut.com) that they take it just one step further by making these little pavilions into permanent Project Management Resources Offices that become prominent in corporate architecture, it would do two things: 1) It would give project managers a place to stay instead of their being virtual to important interactive processes, and it would afford them a place of permanence instead of feeling like wandering "guns for hire", 2) It would encourage interpersonal communication and relationships and better integrate project management professionals into normal, accepted corporate or organizational operations.

 

The folks at PM Hut are innovators, thought leaders, educators and wonderful writers. They deserve the distinction of always being one step ahead of anyone else when it comes to project management.

 

They put some real emphasis on the "people" and "employment" aspects of project management, instead of obsessing over Agile and Scrum, which, to me, always sounded like a comedy team.

 

Douglas E. Castle http://DouglasECastleBlog.com

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12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources

12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources | Project Management | Scoop.it
From YouTube to Edutopia--and of course, TeachThought--this post includes 13 timeless project-based learning resources for the classroom.
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Our educational system in the United States is failing our nation and its students badly. One of the issues which makes learning difficult is when the skills being applied are not directly focused on the solution of a problem or project with a visible,sensible, relevant goal to attain. Drill and memorization are boring, and doing things without apparent purpose makes them far less likely to garner any attention. This project-orientation gives students a reason to apply the necessary skills, and it enables them to 1) focus longer and with far less distraction; 2) integrate varied skill sets from varied disciplines and past problem-solving experiences; and, quite importantly, they 3) empower students to "carve" deeper, clearer neural pathways to tackle projects with similar aspects [pattern recognition] in the future. A conquest is far better than the sum of the skills required to win it. Project-based learning is similar to the notion of gamification, and it makes learning seem far more useful and natural. I applaud the efforts of those individuals and companies involved in both the creation and utilization of these project-based educational resources.

 

Education is the greatest investment we can make in the future of our species.

 

- Douglas E. Castle, CFI

 

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SAP to Launch Complete Cloud Portfolio in New Zealand - Geekzone

SAP to Launch Complete Cloud Portfolio in New Zealand Geekzone For the first time, the company's entire set of cloud solutions, supporting an organisation's processes for managing money, serving customers, engaging and developing its people and...
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The notion, scalability, efficiencies and vast acces to resources of the cloud (as opposed to "The Mist" by Stephen King -- kept me up for two whole nights) are very tempting. But any sole source creates a dangerous dependency in the event of breach or failure. I sincerely hope that those New Zealanders have some internal, segregated backup for their data, and the requisite software in-house to perform the most key functions. In The Global Futurist Blog as well as in The Business And Project Planning And Management Blog I discuss Dangerous Dependencies. Economy and profitability are indeed important - but these must also be determined with an assessment of the associated risks as well.

 

-- Douglas E. Castle

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