QUBE@Work: Reimagining Project Procurement
Our latest QUBE@Work session will explore some of the most innovative emerging approaches to procuring projects for greater social and economic value and invite you, through a collaborative activity, to make sense of a new procurement landscape that might change things for good.
How will you account for value? What kind of changes might you make to your delivery and contracting models? How will you acknowledge and reward innovation or achievement and, most crucial of all, what will guarantee that the first bump in the road doesn't reset the whole environment back to a zero sum game?
The extraordinary immersive collaborative environment that is QUBE is an ideal space for this kind of future thinking. It enables everyone to have a voice and to share in the solution. It takes status and ego out of the equation and working on QUBE is great fun.
These regular workshop sessions (QUBE@Work runs on the third Thursday of every other month) will provide you with an opportunity to explore and develop personal and organizational approaches to working in major projects. We aim to generate an output from each event that you can take back and share with colleagues. You'll also have the opportunity to experience (and practise your skills) of working in a virtual environment.
Finally, this is an opportunity to meet and work collaboratively with your peers from across other major projects. Once you are registered on QUBE, there's no need to re-register, you will be able to go straight into the workshop Qubicle where you meet up with other workshop delegates to pick up on conversations or work you have started, at any time, in between the workshops.
Using the QUBE environment involves downloading a .exe file and using a simple headphone and microphone (such as the simple in-ear set you probably use to make calls on your mobile phone). If you have a work laptop, you may need help from your IT team to install the .exe file or you may find it easier to use a personal laptop or PC for the session. Unfortunately, QUBE is not easily compatible with Apple devices so you'll need a Windows computer to join the session.
Logging onto QUBE up to 30 minutes before the main workshop programme is due to start will allow us to start bang on time. Just as importantly, it will help you familiarize (or remind) yourself of how to navigate and interact as an avatar in an immersive environment and using the power that gives you to network with old friends and new contacts.
We'll introduce the workshop, indulge in a bit of QUBE aerobics to make sure your avatar is 'match fit' and use the Hopes and Fears exercise to build shared expectations for what will follow.
We'll share some of the main lessons from the Association's half-day seminar on 1st April (Procuring for Broader Social and Economic Value) to pump prime the activity that follows.
Broken into small groups, we'll use the QUBE PETs IPerformance Enhancement Tools) for a facilitated session led by the QUBE tutors to reimagine the procurement landscape.
10 to 15 minutes sitting at the virtual coffee tables on QUBE with your fellow delegates to reflect on what you've just done and on the experience of working as an avatar.
Using the Learn by Sharing PET we'll find out what's surprised us in what we've just done, what our favourite lesson has been (collectively) and where we might go from here before we gather in a circle for a final SPIN.