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What does it take to become a recognised project manager?

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Posted by APM on 3rd Jan 2012

A workshop was held at the Department of Building and Real Estate of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 8th December 2011 to jointly discover what it takes to become a recognised project manager.

A diverse mixture of 15 project professionals sat down together in an opening circle whilst the facilitator Tim Lam, briefly explained the workshop process. The workshop was based on a group facilitation process known as the Open Space Technology (OST), which has been used around the world for over 20 years.

OST has four simple but powerful principles:

Whoever comes are the right people
oWe do not need to wait for experts, those in the room have the knowledge, wisdom and passion

Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
oDo not try and control the discussion, follow the energy of the group

Whenever it starts is the right time
oThere is no need to wait for a particular person, begin with those who are drawn to the discussion

When it's over, it's over
oIf the issue is resolved in 15 minutes that is fine, if you need more time for discussion, that is fine also. Creativity and ideas do not come at any fixed time

In addition to the four principles, there is one law. This is known as the law of two feet:

If you find yourself in a situation where you are neither learning or contributing, move somewhere where you can!

The final guideline "Be prepared to be surprised", reminds the group to dispose of any predetermined agenda. They would never have the opportunity again in this lifetime, to be with the same group of people, to come together for this particular purpose.

With passion bounded with responsibility - passion gets you out of the chair to write down ones query around the theme question, and responsibility moves one into action to hold and report the discussion - the groups gradually form the workshop agenda for the evening. The simultaneous discussions are held over two sessions and covers the following topics.

How can I manage my own time better to get more done?
How to manage opponent ideas in a team?
How can I manage my project team to perform tasks/assignments efficiently?
How to deal with conflicts amongst different teams?
How to define "recognised"?
How to manage a project to become successful?

Once the two sessions finished, a closing circle was formed to openly share the experiences and learning points of the discussion groups, and thank everyone for the joint collaboration to understand what is required become a recognised project manager.

Further information about the content of the sessions is contained in the document below

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