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I write this whilst on bit of high following the joint presentation with Jane Royden last evening of The Lens Collective guide at a Coventrychapter event. The immediate feedback was very positive and most people seemed to get it, yet still a few appear to wonder what its all about.

This got me pondering, is it them or is it me? Naturally, I like to think its them. After all, we did take them through a very good presentation, explaining the relevant points and concepts of the Lens Collective as we went along, even getting the odd nods of agreement . Jane and I performed an excellent role play session, which we both agreed illustrated the concepts and usage very well, (indeed its a pity that the performance missed the cut off dates nominations for the BATFAs, otherwise Colin would have been in trouble!)

However during the workshop and subsequent questions and answers it became clear that there were still a few wondering about the theory, practice (or both) of understanding the effects of people on project success. And whilst by the end of the evening every one feigned understanding and acceptance of the ideas contained in, and the application of the lenses I do wonder if they were just being polite!

The APM publishes a few guides, the BoK and a plethora of other literature and theres also a raft (a very big one) of self help and improvement books out there in the public domain.Some of them I read and revisit as reference material finding them full of excellent ideas which I fully endorse. Others are so off the wall I cast them aside ready for lighting the log fire.However I am sure no-one deliberately writes material to be incomprehensible!Is it me not listening or understanding, or is it that the author/presenter has written or presented it in a style I dont understand?

So now Im thinking maybe it is me and I need to re-visit the presentation, modifying it to reflect different learning styles.

Or maybe not ................its probably them!

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Posted by Rob Sadler on 15th Mar 2011

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Rob has been an APM membersince 2002 and holds an APMPQ certification. He was a committee member of the People SIG from 2006 to 2012. Rob’s background is varied but is grounded in mechanical engineering. He currently works for Transport for London where he established from zero the Station Enhancement Programme for all Overground stations, a critical function of which has been protecting the project scope, solutions and costs through his extensive knowledge base of multi-disciplined, technical projects not only within the rail environment but also in bespoke capital projects from feasibility studies to on site operational service.

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