In ‘ Playing the project manager ‘, Charles said that he’d adopted a position of moral relativism i.e. ‘…that people should make their own choices about what is important to them, and put on performances that enact those choices.’ (p 130). This made me reflect on my own unwritten moral code of conduct as a programme manager. Here are some things that I aspire to: Respect others – meaning everyone – irrespective of level of seniority and other obvious attributes (race, gender, sexuality, age, political outlook). Believe that people are motivated by wanting to do the right thing. Don’t embarrass others. Be kind, gentle, but firm when necessary
I started life in an essentially atheist household. Apart from attending the odd Christingle, the Church, God and I had nothing in common. I was a pretty committed atheist too. I’d used my scientific, rational brain to work out that God and the supernatural clearly couldn’t exist. I went so far as to ridicule my poor God loving school friends, picking apart their creationist arguments with ease. A subtle shift began when I proposed to my wife (Lian) on New Years’ Eve 2007, (aged 29 and a few days). Around the same time, I’d read the God Delusion , and despite feeling reasonably smug during Dawkins’ relentless attack on feeble minded religious types, I also felt the first pangs of discomfort
Now in it’s 10th year, it’s time again for the Arras people project management census . This is surely the most important and informative guide to PM trends IN THE WORLD . If you’re a practising project, programme or portfolio management bod then I encourage you to spend a few minutes filling in the survey . You’ll definitely want to check out the report when it’s published – here’s the 2014 one .
I had the honour of guest hosting this week’s #pmchat . The subject was Advanced Project Management. Ever wondered what advanced project management is? How to become an advanced project manager? Tips and tricks of advanced PMs? Let the #pmchatters fill you in!
I’ve raided the archives and dug out the first ever episode of project management TV , featuring #pmchat A-listers Bernardo Tirado , Hala Saleh , Robert Kelly , and Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina . We discuss ‘How project managers can do more with less’ – great stuff for those of us still battling through the age of austerity. In this 30 minute episode, our experts give their top tips on getting the most out of staff in difficult times, and how to avoid personal burnout. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what they have to say.