This year's event includes the following two intensive 90' workshops:
- Why are projects still failing? Were they troubled first? (11.15-12.45)
- Discussion and practical tips on The Art and Science of Team Coaching (14.00-15.30)
Project failure can happen to anybody and to any project. Project failure occurs for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s out of your control. Maybe changes of requirements caused your team to miss a series of deadlines. Maybe you lost a key member of your project team, or were given unrealistic deadlines and budgets.
Sometimes failure is in your control. You underestimated the time a project would take. You didn’t take steps to ensure quality, or do a risk analysis.Regardless of the causes, failed projects waste billions of dollars (and hours) each year. But, what about the period of time just before a project is considered a failure? Projects don’t go from on schedule to fail overnight. They first become troubled. And the “troubled” period, however distressing, is an opportunity to turn things around and make the project a success.
This session will provide ground for discussion on the following:
- What do we do when we recognize a troubled project?
- What is the formula for Success?
- What are the major activities and actions necessary for turning a failing project into a success.
- Why projects fail and how important organizational support and the “soft skills” are to recovery.
The techniques presented are very similar to taking the time to plan the project correctly in the first place: (1) developing an assessment and recovery charter, (2) planning the assessment and recover, (3) executing the plans, (4) monitoring and controlling the transition to stabilize, and (5) avoiding reoccurrence.
Workshop facilitator: Dr. Dave Adkins, PE, PMP, Director of Technology Group, Partner, Business Management Consultants
Project Coaching is a powerful means of unlocking the potential of a team. Effective coaching ensures a team becomes a powerful unit of collective performance: the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A working group or department is not necessarily a team. The essence of a team is common commitment which requires a purpose and goals in which other team members can believe.
- “A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable”, Katzenbach & Smith.
Coaching and cultural conflict models increase the enabling factors believed essential in creating High Performing Teams.
- “...team dynamics will differ from one team to another...it is possible to isolate and alert the coach to several possible obstacles”, Zeus and Skiffington
- “... greater awareness and clarity about one's own cultural starting points and assumptions, particularly the cultural foundations of values and beliefs”, Rosinski and Abbott
The Workshop will provide ground for discussion on the following:
- Why agreement with the Project Sponsor on a range of factors is crucial, what data is needed and how the coach might leverage the cultural differences
- Why it is vital to draw upon a broad range of models in our coaching to inform our work.
- How understanding and facilitating different team stages significantly affects outcomes.
Workshop facilitator: David Miskimin, DipNMC, MAC, Managing Director, The Director's Coach