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For two years there is a conversation in the comments of The Project Shrink that pops up once in a while. It’s one of my favorites.
Why do we do what we do? Are our industry’s best practices really that, or do we merely say they are because as a PM we are expected to say so?
“There’s a saying … fish discover water last … which alludes to the fact that fish can’t see the water because they are so heavily immersed in it. We have accepted tools like the Gantt chart because we hope that whoever invented them figured out how to make them work and help us deliver the project – and they are popular… (eg ms project) BECAUSE they work. But what if all that (or most of it) is wrong? What if the Gantt chart is popular for other seasons?”
Jonathan Whitty from University of Southern Queensland creates fascinating articles and lectures around this theme.
Why not start with this mindshifting article, “The PM BOK Code“:
“… in order to socially survive in the organizational environment, individuals are driven to put on the performance of project manager as an actor would perform project scenes in the theatre of organizations.”
If you don’t want to read, here is a video presentation of the topic.
So, why is this important to know?
In communication we use our own assumptions, stereotypes and believes to interpret any message we receive. When we know more about our own mind, it gets easier to open our minds to other peoples intent of the message.
In the end it’s about effective communication.