Don't make the mistake of being a typewriter repair shop

Typewriter Shop

The photo above epitomises for me one of the fundamental principles of effective change: that there is no point in getting better at doing those things we shouldn’t be doing at all. But how often do we take this viewpoint and how many methods actively encourage us to look at things this way? Not many.
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Creation Myths, Chaos Theory and Project Management


creation myths-lynden swift

One of the things I enjoy is noticing parallels between seemingly disparate spheres of activity or knowledge. I believe they expose similar underlying principles which can help our understanding of the dynamics in each system. In this vein, it’s a fun exercise to look at the links between creation myths, chaos theory and projects.
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How to predict the future by pretending it's the past

unexpected events

When facilitating workshops for projects doing a Risk Pre-Mortem has got to be one of my favourites. I like it because it makes one of the traditionally more difficult and dry subjects (risk management) easy and fun and gets very high quality information out of a project team. It’s a workshop that I highly recommend carrying out as part of the kick-off activities at the start of any project. It’s based on the psychology of how we make decisions and the structure has been tried and tested on numerous projects. Its an idea I came across and developed into a practical workshop format that not only helps to create team buy-in but generates top quality information to put the project on the best foundation possible. It’s also a fun workshop to do.
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