Another book recommendation from me this week- no, we are not turning into some kind of a book club, and no- we did not became the masters in project management after reading it (yet)- Nevertheless i think that it might be actually useful to have some knowledge on tools which can be used to make your project more efficient.
What I consider unusual or even special for this book is the fact that it is not another big serious book, elaborating page by page on how amazing PM is.
it is a very comprehensive guide, mostly written with bullet points, divided into many sections, what makes it clear and understandable for most of the readers.
Sections such as tips, notes and caution exposed to me the most important content and never let to skip them.
“The absolute minimum” notes at the end of each chapter would work well for either lazy/busy people who don’t wanna put effort into reading the whole book or to ones who would like to review in the future the information they need.
The book covers the multiple steps of PM such as planning controlling execution as well as deals with newest trends&technology impact.
Although there is nothing better than the real life experience, the book is a fine theoretical background.
I have bought mine on Amazon for less than 3$ (used, but in very very very good state), so it was just one cappuccino less in that week:)- I assume it was worth it 🙂
Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide, 3rd Edition
By Greg Horine
It’s been a long time,since you haven’t heard from us, right? Well, we’ve been working very hard lately, making our life even less interesting.
Today, I would like to share with You the mystery, about what happened last week with our team 🙂 The 11th of December was definitely a very important day for our project. We’ve met up for Design Thinking workshop!
Design? Thinking? Workshop? Eeeeee?
“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” —Tim Brown, president and CEO of IDEO read more
Since our project aim is to actually to promote InnovationsForum, we’ve thought that working on it, using innovative spproach would can lead us even further.
Some of our team members like Jonas (who actually studies Design Thinking at HPI Institute) and me (Anna:) have already some experience with that method, we agreed that it would be interesting to implement it in our project.
Two weeks ago, we have distributed the research tasks, developed action plan and found the date of our workshop.
The day has come.
We’ve met at 3.30 at the University ready to work.
Before we have started the design thinking process, we went through team building.
We are very diverse team (everybody comes from different country and backgrounds) therefore we believe that it was essential to get to know each other better in order to avoid any superficial conflicts or barriers from beginning on.
Our 1st task was to pass the object within the circle without the usage of our hands. Sounds easy? We we can tell you now, it isn’t!
Since it’s already winter, we all had slippery jumpers on us and without help of breasts (yeah we have male majority) it was extremely hard to pass it around the circle. Nevertheless, we have managed it as a team 🙂 During hot seat exercise, we had a chance to brake all superficial opinions that got stacked in our heads. Afterwards, we went through the expectation check and developed the rules for the team work that everybody singed (and hopefully will take seriously:).
Design Thinking Process:
Step 1 Understanding
The aim of the understanding phase is that every team member has the same understanding of the task, knows who is the audience, as well as what are key challenges.
Step 2 Observation
The specifics of what we’ve discussed are kind of “secret”, but sooner or later You will see that it was worth waiting.
Unfortunately, we didn’t go any further than these 2 steps, because we have decided on preparing additional research (involving interviews with scientists) Nevertheless, we believe that good research& it’s analysis is crucial in order to discover the client’s needs.
Next workshop date: 18th December 🙂
Unfortunately, we are too exhausted to give you an updated on what happened today with us.
Nevertheless, follow us,
some exciting stuff is going to come soon!