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What happens when PMO’s and KM people get together?

June 9, 2014 2 comments

We all love an acronym.  So it’s always nice when you get to areas of work who love to use them together and have a chat.

I attended a joint APM SIG yesterday between the Knowledge SIG and The Project/Programme/Portfolio Management Office SIG.

Using a technique based on the World Café approach and hosted by Lindsay Scott form the PMO SIG.  Lindsay tweets at

We had four topics to discuss as groups.  Covering


  • 21st Century Joy – Old-fashioned Knowledge Management – how can we move it from the 1990s to the 21st Century?
  • Knowledge Opportunity Knocks- PMOs and Knowledge Management – what are the biggest opportunities?
  • K to the M to the PMO – Knowledge Management in the PMO – what it is and what it isn’t
  • Lessons Recorded – Lessons learnt – the BIG knowledge management myth

There was a great buzz and lots of conversation.

These are just some of the highlights that came out of the discussions

21st Century Joy

  • Little differences makes a big difference when knowledge sharing
  • How to find quality in the volume
  • KM needs to follow the organisations evolution

Knowledge Opportunity Knocks

  • New skills in content curation and knowledge marketing
  • Better to live of peoples experiences rather than peoples paper
  • Quantifying the benefits of knowledge sharing

K to the M to the PMO

  • PMO is the network, try and avoid the silos
  • A PMO’s role is to facilitate between departments
  • Disseminator of process lessons

Lessons Recorded

  • The power of positive stories (including what went wrong)
  • True learning takes time
  • Keep technology simple to help

We really need to talk about knowledge management…

May 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Another great Courageous conversation hosted by Judy Payne.

Judy talks about Knowledge Management today can mean anything from information management through to crowdsourcing

But project management knowledge management still focuses on collecting knowledge, writing it down and adding it to lessons learn databases.

Judy asks is project management KM stuck in the 1990s?

I would have to agree.  You can join the discussion on the video on Linkedin

P3 KM: managing knowledge at different levels in project environments

April 2, 2013 Leave a comment

What is knowledge management (KM) like at different levels in a project environment? How is knowledge managed at a personal level? In an individual project? In programmes and portfolios? Across organisations? And how does it all fit together?

I created a Storify of the APM’s Knowledge SiG on the 12th March.  You will need to click on the image to take you to Storify

P3 KM  managing knowledge at different levels in project environments  with images  tweets  · mik0ton · Storify


Do we need a Haynes Manual for Project Management?

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Ford Fiesta Owners Workshop Manual 1989 to 1995 Haynes (Petrol)I’ve just read an interesting blog from John Whitty who is a  Senior Lecturer in Project Management at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

John says “The only official ‘how to’ manuals I have at my disposal is the collection of works knows as the project management body of knowledge (BOK). Various project management institutes and associations publish their own versions of it. They all say pretty much the same thing in perhaps slightly different ways. However, there is a fundamental difference between the books that contain car repair knowledge and those that contain project management knowledge. I wonder if you’ve noticed.
“The BOKs have no information about the project I am immersed in. In fact, they have no information about any project I know. They seem to contain page after page of how I could conceptualise various aspects of a project. “
“This would be like opening up the Haynes manual and finding loads of concepts and ideas that car mechanics use to think about fixing cars.  Not really something very useful.”
Maybe we need more than just concepts but more a how to when it comes to project management
You can read the rest of the article via APM

The art of project planning by the Underpants Gnomes

January 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Inspiration comes in various forms.  And after looking a Mattan Griffel’s presentation on Slideshare about growth hacking, that has some great stuff that I can use with online communities.  It reminded me of the underpants gnomes

One of the things that I have noticed over a few years is the similarities between project planning and planning for communities of practice.

The better the plan, the clearer the purpose and realistic the objectives are the more chance you have of being successful.

But every now and then this does not happen.  You may have enthusiastic people that want to push forwards.  But unless you know where you are going and what you are trying to do.  It can lead to issues.

The underpants gnomes where enthusiastic but this was their plan.

Phase 1:  Collect underpants

Phase 2:  ?

Phase 3:  Profit

Can you see where they need some help?

Managing knowledge in project environments

December 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Mouse Cheese

Back on the 5th of December I was asked if I could do a little presentation about Knowledge Management in a Project and Programme Environment at the newly formed APM Knowledge SIG

It was a personal story about where my original role as a Knowledge Co-ordinator came about to support projects and how things have changed from being project based to more programme based and how Communities of practice have support them.

I have added my presentation at the bottom, due to the two other people also presenting on that day.

Dr Jon Whitty, senior lecturer in project management at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Brendan McAndrew of Mouchel.

Jon talked about the Swiss Cheese Model and how this can be used with Project and Programmes, were as Brendan spoke about the use of Knowledge Management and Communities of Practice at Mouchel.

Below are the three presentations and this is a link to the Storify from the day

swiss cheese

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