Movies are a fantastic metaphor to describe the relationship between projects and team members. Every great movie has a compelling story, one people really want to follow. Every great movie has a cast of actors that contribute to the story with their own specific properties.
But what about the organizations in which the projects take place?
Photography by Alan Light.
As Project Managers we will find ourselves “managing a culture of temporariness.” He explained that Google for instance is nothing more than a large bag of projects. In Tom Peters style: organizations are nothing more than an empty vehicle to facilitate the execution of a large set of temporary endeavors.
Kao used a metaphor to illustrate this that got me right of my seat. First of course, metaphor! But secondly, the one he used.
He illustrated this culture of temporariness with movie studios: Hollywood as a business model. The studios go from movie to movie. They create a culture and structure in which the creative talent is hired on a movie to movie base. And they put out movie after movie.
This struck me because I explained previously how a movie metaphor works for projects and the individual team members. It hasn’t occurred to me to extend this image to the level of the organizations: the studios!
In my opinion that would be a valuable addition. Thanks to John Kao.