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Back to Business School – Day 2

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Continued through my Program Management training course at work today.

Overall, I would say I like the class. The class and methodology being taught has too much of a 1998 feel and not enough 2008. The instructor is actually pretty good if you can get past his political commentary that he seems to sneak into his presentations. The case study and team exercise have actually complemented the training material very well. Not always the case with these types of courses.

Today, the instructor talked about how program / project infrastructure and collaboration are critical to program / project success. He then proceeded to demonstrate this with a Microsoft Word based project definition document. I cringed in my seat. Microsoft Word is great for drafting a letter or a document, but collaboration……not so much.

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Written by Aaron

March 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Changes

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When I joined my organization at HP 2 years ago Word, Excel, and PowerPoint were the tools of choice….with email after email tying it all together.

That is still the case today…….but things are changing.

Last week we launched the concept of a ‘project workspace’. All information for a project in 1 place. A place where the project team can collaborate as they work. Seems like a no brainer, but we didn’t have it until last week.

We recently launched a Digg-like website to collect ideas from our user base.

Today, we even had a meeting to brainstorm on how we can use a Wiki.

There are some people in our organization that have decided it is no longer ‘business as usual’…….and I am kind of excited to be a part of it.

Written by Aaron

March 20, 2008 at 10:13 pm