Is Traditional L&D Still Relevant?

Project Management
Last month we published a survey, based on Jane Hart’s recent blog post, that asked readers to rate 10 different ways they learn at work. We did not receive 3,500 responses from 55 countries (as Jane did), however, 69 individuals from our sector responded to our survey. Their responses reveal a number of interesting trends about the way development/relief organizations learn, identify the similarities/differences between “our learners” and learners in other sectors, and raise the challenging question, “Is Traditional L&D Still Relevant?” First, there is one very strong area of alignment between development/relief learners and learners in other sectors. Both surveys’ results identified knowledge sharing within teams as the most important source of sharing in the organization. Over 90% of LINGOs respondents identified team knowledge sharing as either “Essential” or…
Read More

PMD Pro in the field – Changing the world one project at a time

Case Studies, Project DPro, Project Management
[caption id="attachment_1603" align="alignright" width="300"] Community Planning Session in Progress: Mudzi Secondary School staff, and Community members setting responsibilities and targets[/caption] PMD Pro in action in Mudzi, Zimbabwe Mudzi is a district of Mashonaland in the far eastern part of Zimbabwe. World Vision International (http://www.wvi.org/zimbabwe) runs an Area Development Programme in Mudzi and the programme has adopted the use of PMD Pro and its project management tools. This has facilitated its projects being implemented on time, on scope and within budget.   (more…)
Read More

Why is so much LINGOS PM “stuff” free?

Project DPro, Project DPro Guide, Project Management
I have just had a conversation with someone, who asked, “Why is so much of your stuff free”? In other words, why aren’t you charging for e-learning etc. I was quite taken aback, I mean, if you believe in the power of learning to transform people, organisations and communities, why wouldn’t you try to make as much as possible available for as little as possible? So I thought it would be worth exploring this a bit. (more…)
Read More

Rules vs Guidelines

Project Management
In the original Ghostbusters film, Bill Murray tells Sigourney Weaver that he never sleeps with possessed women. She then gives him a kiss at which he says “Actually, it’s more of a guideline than a rule”. It’s my favorite definition of the difference between a guideline and a rule and it is the difference between ITIL® and ISO / IEC 20000. (more…)
Read More

What goes wrong with NGO Projects: Grand Designs

Case Studies, Project Management
The list of things that can go wrong with an NGO project is fairly broad – people often cite natural disasters, conflict, political interference and a long list of etcetera’s. Without doubt, NGO Project Managers do work in difficult circumstances – no question. We work in places, where many other organisations would not or could not operate – yet – it is always a surprise to see how much blame is attached to external circumstances. My personal favourite is when the rainy season gets fingered – so we didn’t know that the rains were going to come? I am being slightly facetious but I think we owe it to our beneficiaries to focus a bit more on the many internal causes of problems – rather than external factors that way,…
Read More

The PMD Pro Story

Project DPro
LINGOs began to work with a group of international NGOs in 2007 to collectively define agreed upon principles and best practices in project management in the development sector. That early group received some funding from PMIEF and included Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam and others as well as representatives from The Project Management Institute. The work of that group laid out a framework for the Project Management in Development curriculum which was developed and field tested by over 200 practitioners from 15 organizations in 20 countries. (more…)
Read More

PM4NGOs – improving skills on development projects

Case Studies, Project DPro
When I met Jeanne in a small café in Hackney, I was immediately thrown off balance. I had expected beads and hippy braids; I was met instead by a small, neat woman, formidable in her efficiency as she secured us a table by the window. Jeanne is freelance project management consultant, currently working for an NGO based in Ethiopia. Her work has taken her from Russia to Sri Lanka, and from Mexico to Uganda. At the moment she is helping with a series of projects to provide school materials across a wider range of rural areas. In her ‘spare time’ (and only somebody like Jeanne would have spare time on top of everything else that she does) she volunteers her time as a project management trainer, helping local NGOs to…
Read More