What tasks & competencies do you need, as a project manager, to successfully manage cooperations?
Hopefully today, we will find out!
Birgit & Michael are working hard to combine learning for the group with work for their Innovation Projects, as a lot of work will need to be done in quite a short space of time to complete them.
In keeping with this, the group was asked this morning to think about their stakeholders, a topic covered briefly yesterday before the close of day. Here, they were asked to name one significant stakeholder, and using them, speculate on how cooperation will take place. What factors will support the relationship? And what ones will hinder its success? Using this information, a thought out cooperation strategy can be developed.
The group then moved back to working on ‘Action Learning Set‘ exercises, first worked through on Monday. This time, however, group participants were ‘promoted‘ to act as facilitators, as well as the consultants and project supervisors that were in place on Monday. This meant controlling conversations and debates, keeping calm and ensuring the main points are visited and worked through.
The two projects used were real life examples shared from two of the participants work lives, issues that they have to confront and deal with. Working through them with their peers proved a useful exercise.
Finally, and again with relevance to the Innovation Projects, the group were asked to analyse how they can all keep in touch in the future e.g. a website, or the sharing of documents from their organisations. A grid structure was used to compare the costs of an idea against the benefits that could be reaped from it. This exercise can be used throughout projects, to analyse difficult decisions or to come to a consensus in a group decision.