Designing Learning in Global Organizations: What Our Brain Can Teach Us

Designing Learning in Global Organizations: What Our Brain Can Teach Us

Development Sector
This blog was originally published on Linked In by Emma Proud. Mercy Corps is an organization of 5,000 people. We live in over 40 countries, and speak 26 primary languages. And of course, we all have different cultural backgrounds and personality types. We all learn differently. How, then, can we design a behavior (and action) change program that works for everyone? (We are working to support all our teams to embody our culture, ‘think big and disrupt’, and to ‘insist on seeking out new and better ways of doing things.’) Well, we may all be different, but luckily we have a common denominator, and it sits inside our head: OUR BRAINS. How can we capitalize on this commonality? What does it look like to design with the brain in mind?…
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The Importance of a Good Business Case

The Importance of a Good Business Case

Case Studies
The UK has over 900 public sector organisations, with each typically planning and procuring around 10 key investments every year. As vast amounts of money are being invested around the country on new projects, a number of questions arise: How can we ensure value for money? How can we ensure we have selected the correct course of action? How can we ensure these investments are justified? The answer lies in the business case. Business cases should provide scrutiny, ensuring that what is proposed is: The right sort of investment Affordable, desirable and viable Offering value for money for shareholders and/or customers The problem is, the importance of business cases is often undervalued and not given sufficient resources or funding. This has led to underestimated costs, inflated budgets and missed deadlines.…
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Business Case capability improvement – a myth or a reality?

Business Case capability improvement – a myth or a reality?

Case Studies
A question that APMG is often asked is “show me where the knowledge that you create in a training product is being used to increase capability?“ Many examples exist, a legacy of delivering certified training products for 23 years across the globe. In the area of Business Case capability, the investment that The Treasury has made in the New Zealand Government highlights what can be achieved through an integrated approach. If capability is defined as the power or ability to do something, then the approach taken by The Treasury has definitely resulted in improved capability. Theory from the APMG Better Business Case (BBC) certification states that improving business case development will; Reduce unnecessary spend and optimize public value; Reduce consultancy costs; Provide faster delivery and a clear proportionate approval process;…
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Featured PMD Pro picture of the month

Case Studies, Program Management, Project DPro, Project Management, Tools
How about sharing your training or best practice picture with all PMD Pro professionals and PM4NGOs partner organizations? Each month, PM4NGOs will select one new picture of a PMD Pro training or tools application to become the Featured Picture of the Month. Send your picture to info@pm4ngos.org and tell us the story behind it (please see the criteria and requirements below). (more…)
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PM4NGOs and APMG announce the recipient of the 2015 Alan Harpham Award

Alan Harpham Award, NRP, Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project Management
The Alan Harpham Award honors and recognizes an individual with distinguished actions in promoting the professionalization of project management in the international development and humanitarian sectors. The selected winner demonstrates not only leadership in advocating for project management professionalization within the sector, but also in making it available to those who are most in need and to a range of stakeholders in the sector such as community based organizations or local NGOs. The award is named in honor of Alan Harpham, former Board Member of PM4NGOs and Chairman of APMG, and a global citizen dedicated to making this sector and community a better place. PM4NGOs and APMG are delighted to announce that the recipient of the Alan Harpham Award in 2015 is Liziane Silva. Liziane is responsible for bringing the…
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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…)
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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,…
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