Creating your community within ours
If explicit knowledge can be shared through reports, research and presentations, tacit knowledge can only be shared socially. We enable networking between the Association’s community of members at our members only events and through our open knowledge sharing activities. The Association website enables members to build your own network of contacts from amongst your peers and facilitates confidential knowledge sharing through discrete, member-initiated, groups drawn from across industry.
Knowledge sharing is often as much about personality and serendipity as it is about planning and so the Association encourages and hosts a variety of community activities, some of which feature in the list below. We seek opportunities to work on open knowledge sharing events with other organizations and associations to encourage a flow of ideas and knowledge within the membership and between members and the wider major projects and business communities.
Our monthly guest blogger programme provides volunteers with the opportunity to frame and share aspects of their view of the world of major projects through a series of four or five linked and socialized blog posts and an optional 60-minute zoom session.
We invite members to contribute to our monthly Masterclass Series of video interviews or through the ad hoc, 90 second, Ideas from Experience, videos, which we film or which we invite you to film and upload to the website.
Every Wednesday we offer a programme of social shares: Book of the Week, popular management models, podcasts and information sources that are curated each month by a guest editor.
We have one guest blogger each month whom we invite to write a series of related posts to a single theme (of your choice) which we post each Thursday of the month and share through our social channels. We offer the guest blogger the added discretionary option of facilitating a 60 minute live Zoom discussion around their theme, during their month’s tenure. Todd C. Williams explored the challenge of ‘Ending the Blame Culture‘ during his Zoom live.
Phil Ankers, Director at AECOM, explains the value of a personal, professional knowledge network and the importance of looking for ideas and insight beyond your industry.
Andrea Powell of EY explains the importance of asking for the career opportunities you need and shares her thoughts on two distinctive skill-sets that will be important for people working on projects in the future.
Mike Wallace is invited by Christina McCormack to share his ‘Ideas from Experience’ and offers the value of focusing on planning in major projects and the exhortation to ‘Get out there!’; take the time to learn from others, to see what worked on other projects and what didn’t work.
Mark Armitage, interviewed by Edward Bennett, shares the advice he took to heart early in his career “on the skills of active listening” and the advice he’d like to pass onto the next generation of project or programme managers “how to encourage a supportive working culture”.
Book Of The Week:
“Portfolio and Programme Management Demystified” by Paul Rayner and Geoff Reiss
It seems appropriate to launch our Book of the Week space on the new Major Projects Association website with a great book by two giants of the project and programme management world, who are no longer with us. Paul died a few years ago and Geoff died this month. Two great authors, practitioners and commentators.
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