#1 Where my profession and passion come together… the military
One of the highlights in April 2013 was facilitating a workshop with our Dutch Royal Engineers as part of their continuous education program. We used a ‘book-caroussel’ to discuss topics regarding organization, competences and project/portfolio management. A great way to learn from experience and discuss the military and civil perspectives. To the men and women I have met at the workshop… It was an honor and great pleasure to be with you. Be proud, you are doing a great job! www.defensie.nl
#2 Where my profession and the city of passion come together… APMG France, Paris
The moment Lenny Descamps, Country Manager APMG France, had asked if I would like to do a presentation about P3O the APMG Showcase in Paris in April seemed far away… But having met the team and been there on April 18th 2013, I can see they have been very busy organizing a great event. Compliments to the team! My presentation was scheduled at the end of the day, so instead of doing a lot of talking we had decided to do a mini-P3O workshop. A little less conversation, a little more action! We had some time for discussion and one person made a remark that I would like to repeat here:
How original the P3O model really is, or isn’t…
One of the attendees mentioned a similar structure was in place in the luxury and car sector. My opinion is that by definition a Best Practice could hardly be original, because it is based on practices that have proven to be working well across different industries. So being based on ‘real-life’ structures it seems logical to say no Best Practice is truly original.
However finding similarities in structures and giving elements a specific name to enable standardization and to be used as a reference for organizations who don’t have a structure in place or wish to alter them, that is the benefit of using a Best Practice. You don’t have to invent the wheel again. Copy, paste and adjust to make it match your needs.
If, in your organization, you have similar structures e.g. like the P3O model in place and you like to share your experience, please do so. That way others can learn from you. You will find a P3O Case Study template at the Best Management Practice website of the Cabinet Office. Since that is the source globally for everything regarding the Cabinet’s Office Best Management Practices (P3O, Prince2, MSP, ITIL, etc) I would warmly recommend to use that to share your experience.
Presentation and pictures published on Slideshare with thanks to APMG France. http://www.apmg-showcase.com/france
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