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How to create a community of project managers?

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One of the main missions of my new job position will be to create an internal community of project management to exchange knowledge and increase the level of project management in the company, What are your suggestions to assemble and motivate project managers?


  • Melanie Thompson
    By Melanie Thompson

    You may find it helpful to consider what factors motivate people. New on our site this week is a diagnostic tool on motivation that you could share with your potential team members. Here's the link:

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    Best wishes
    community manager

  • Jonathan Norman
    By Jonathan Norman

    I don't underestimate the challenge involved in your mission, Jean. In broad terms, I think there are five things you need to do:
    1. Recognise the level of inertia and suspicion that exists in many employees' minds; they have been presented with so many tools in the past, many of which haven't helped with their job that they (and probably the organization itself) are naturally sceptical of a new concept such as a community of practice;
    2. This means that the community will need to find some engaging ways of bringing people in; activities and tools that draw them into the community, rather than relying on them jumping in without a push. I suspect that a human element will be an important part of this;
    3. It will also be important to harness individuals in their own learning; find ways in which they can curate their own content; mentor, coach or buddy one another to make learning collective;
    4. Look for external recognition of their activities; can you recognise their learning and their development within the organization in some way or work with a project management organizations to provide professional development accreditation and qualifications;
    5. Work hard to find ways that help the individuals involved as well as the wider business to reflect on and understand the benefit (to them, to your projects and to the organization) of their development as it happens.

    Forgive me if there is an element of 'motherhood and apple pie' in these suggestions. I recognise it is far easier to talk in general terms about what is needed than it is to translate these ideas into activities and plans that are appropriate and context specific to the culture of your business.

  • Jennifer.Daly_9667
    By Jennifer.Daly_9667

    We have recently set one up in our organisation. We're keen to make it clear that the community is not being 'directed' or 'taught' by the central group. We ask people from the PPM community to lead discussion topics and to bring their ideas to the group.

  • philip.smelt_9706
    By philip.smelt_9706

    How about starting off with a series of informal 'learning lunches'? This may give you an understanding regarding who within your company is actually interested in assembling to exchange knowledge!
    Or how about arranging a group visit to one of the many Association for Project Management (APM) Events held within your region (UK)? This will provide an indicator of those interested in their own continual professional development. (CPD). You also make sure that CPD is captured as part of any appraisal system your company operates - that way your PMs have a vested interest in becoming involved in your community.

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