Instead, have a practice (not process) to post daily videos of the project status - it can be an interview of the project team members, customer feedbacks or just an update of the project by the Project Manager. The viewers can then respond by giving their suggestions to improve the project status.
- Real-time Training to upcoming Project Managers is always a challenge
- Project Post-mortems are tiresome to read through - the huge data might be an issue to go through (or) finer details might be missed out
How else can you ensure that the NextGen Project Mangers learn from projects that have gone bad earlier in the organization's history?
Every manager worth his salt, agrees that the maximum he has learned on a project has always been the one that failed or was in crisis. The learnings that can be gathered from such projects are huge.
Now, marry the two - ManageTube and Crisis projects. What do you get? MCTube. What will it contain? Other than videos of interviews of Project Managers and regular updates, it will contain regular (if not daily) episodes of the current Crisis Projects in the organization.
All projects identified thus, will be under focus. There will be dedicated 'reporters' (obviously from outside the project) to report what is going on in the project. They will interview the key project team members, speak to other veterans in the organization asking for their opinions, have discussions on how to solve specific issues in the project, etc. Polls can be conducted based on content shown in the Tube. This will induce a sense of community with all Managers in the organization. The Managers Community will have a much closer binding when one sees the struggles others (of same ilk) go through.
- Best practices, Lessons Learnt from earlier projects will be easier to access
- Feedback from other Managers will be instant
- As they say, War always brings together men with different perspectives. Similarly, seeing the struggles on a project will bring the Managers together
- Gives the project team also higher visibility - they will no longer have the feeling of being associated with a crisis project and feel depressed
Care also should be taken for setting up the 'crew' who will 'shoot' this project story - creative minds should be considered for taking up this task.
Senior Management should push this to their reportees so that it can be expanded further.