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Action Research

Action Research

“If I look for better ways to manage projects, then I can increase competitive advantage for our entire organization, but it’s hard for organizations to learn from their activities.”

Whatever way you look at Action Research, you’ll find it the favorite of project managers, and by the way, the most valuable part of being in a community. The purpose of action research is to develop new skills or new approaches and to solve problems with direct application to your project, Integrated PM methods, or within the working PM setting.

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Asset Sharing Within the Center of Excellence

Asset Sharing Within the 
Center of Excellence

Many community organizations focus on the needs or deficits of the community. Every community, including the Center of Excellence, has needs and deficits that ought to be attended to.

To draw upon the Center of Excellence assets, you first must find out what they are. Members should focus on identifying the community assets and resources they value. Afterwards, they need to understand how the assets can be harnessed to meet community needs, and to strengthen the community as a whole.

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Blog Posts

Blog Posts

“If I comment on blog posts, then I contribute to the intellectual content of the community, but this takes time and could be embarrassing.”

We have all heard that there is no such thing as a dumb question, and we have all heard a dumb question as well. If you feel you may have a dumb question, then just rephrase it. If your concerned about the “Deep sea fishing rights of teenagers?” you could ask, “What about teenagers?” and that may seem like a dumb question. I find that most dumb questions are really good questions, but suffer from poor abridgement. My advice is think about the context of your comment, but don’t give up on making the comment.

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Call For Papers

Call For Papers

“If I write-up a study of our experiences with Integrated PM, then it could be published in the R&D Journal of Integrated PM, and be improved upon for all our benefit, but I don’t have the quantitative data that is expected in a scholarly R&D Journal.”

The difference between qualitative and quantitative studies is more than just levels of abstraction. Turns out acceptance is another difference. We need papers utilizing the power of qualitative assessments. Let me explain.

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Case & Field Study Research

Case & Field Study Research

“If I gain a wholistic understanding of why projects succeed and fail, then I can take measures to encourage success, but I’m not sure of how to conduct this kind of investigation.”

I don’t know. Living out with the wild creatures doesn’t seem like my cup of tea. But I’m glad someone is doing it. My wife and I love watching the films, but don’t need the dirty and danger part. It’s a good thing that while studying Integrated PM you rarely need to live with the Lions. Can you imagine hiding behind a rock or bush building a case study for someone?

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Causal - Comparative Research

Causal - Comparative Research

“If we want to reduce the amount of changes made at the end of our projects, then we need to find out the causes to so many changes, but that means we should do causal-comparative research.”

Nowadays they tell us that the Boston Massacre wasn’t really what it was claimed to be. What was the cause? There are times that we might feel discovering the cause of project problems might be just as unpopular as digging around in the Boston Massacre. But if you must, then do it right.

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Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence

“If I participate in the Center of Excellence, then I will receive the benefits of a community of practice, but then I will most likely have to change and improve some aspects of my life.”

Yes, the pmNERDS Center of Excellence is a (CoP) or Community of Practice. Looking back, we see that some connections are inevitable. Given enough time and networking, some people are bound to meet and find that they share a passion. For more than a decade, these three; Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder, had been working with communities of practice in their own ways. Etienne had been involved in the original research at the Institute for Research on Learning as well as some early work at Xerox and National Semiconductor; He had also written a seminal book on communities of practice. Richard had been building “Learning communities” for a dozen years at companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Shell Oil Company, and Hewlett-Packard, as well as writing articles and developing tools to help change agents build such communities. Bill had found the concept in Etienne’s dissertation and used it as a key element in his own dissertation on the connection between learning and performance in organizations. He also used it to perform his work on knowledge and communities at Colgate-Palmolive, McKinsey & Company, and the federal government.

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Coaching Others in the Community

Coaching Others in the Community

“If I coach new members, then I will develop friendships, but I need to know the best way to quickly create a focus on change and goal accomplishment.”

Short-term coaching is particularly useful in certain PM situations: The learner is a temporary assignment to your PM team. The learner is someone that has been outsourced and will be providing a temporary service. The coaching goal is sufficiently precise and narrow in scope that it can be achieved in a short time period, or the learner has a limited window of opportunity in which to develop in the agreed-upon coaching area. Short-term coaching will not be useful if the coaching goal is beyond the scope of what can be achieved in a short time frame, or if the learner is either too low in self-mastery or has insufficient skills and/or on-the-job experience to achieve the coaching goal within the allotted period.

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Correlational Research

Correlational Research

“If we compare project managers to the project performance, then we might understand what is causing good project performance, but we don’t understand how to conduct good correlational studies.”

Have you ever wondered just what caused you bad hair day? This is the purpose of ‘Correlational Research’, well not really. It’s not this at all, but we can still benefit from the research. The purpose is to investigate the extent to which variations in one factor of Integrated PM correspond with variations in one or more other project factors based on correlation coefficients.

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Descriptive Research

Descriptive Research

“If I use observation, surveys, and market evidence to test developed hypothesizes, then I may discover important concepts, but I’m not sure how to do it, and I may lead myself off track.”

Keith Goffin, author of ‘Identifying Hidden Needs’ indicates “that a survey researcher asks people questions in a written questionnaire … or during an interview, then records answers. The researcher manipulates no situation or condition; people simply answer questions.” The trick is to gather information without influencing it.

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Developmental Research

Developmental Research

“If I studied past projects, then I could identify areas of improved performance, but I’d like an overview of the process before beginning.”

Ok, I’ve got a real fancy pants set of words for you today, “Developmental Research.” Yes, it is a R&D method, but we already are doing this less formally at some time. In fact, that’s the case with most of the methods in this series.

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e-Magazine

e-Magazine

“If the Center of Excellence continues in developing Integrated PM then different and innovative performance improvement methods will increase, but members won’t know of their existence or how to apply them.”

New methods within the discipline of Integrated PM are being developed at a rate of over 15 per month or 180 per year. It takes even the smallest teams over 21 days to adopt a new method or less than 18 per year. In 6 months, your team will be behind by 81 new methods. You just simply can’t do them all. This fact implies that if we want to stay competitive, we must review and select out of all the new methods that we could do, what methods should we do.

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Groups & Events

Groups & Events

“If I participate in conversations, then I’ll find meaningful ways to contribute to Integrated PM, but how do I do something more than talk?”

“I’m tired of just talking, I want to do something!” Excellent, because we need your ideas and help. But you also might just want to have fun and meet others. In either case, ‘Groups’ are the way to do it. Once signed in, you can join existing groups or create your own. There are two types of groups, public and private.

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Historical Research

Historical Research

“If I collect data like Lessons Learned, and risk logs, then I could learn from the past, but I really don’t know how to conduct historical research effectively.”

Give me any three clients, and I'm betting they will have at least five different ways to do ‘Lessons Learned’ at the end of their projects. They’ll tell me, “Oh I didn’t know Lessons Learned was historical research.” Sarah Adams, a Sr. Project Manager, PHP and somewhat of a monster … well let’s just say, Application Development Team Lead under a lot of pressure.

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Integrated PM Certification

Integrated PM Certification

“If I become certified in using Integrated PM, then others will know my capabilities, but more importantly, I will have verified my capabilities, and know my readiness.”

You may have wondered about this logo, it represents pmNERDS approach to Integrated PM. The center illustrates Venus- the Morning Star. Every morning is a new journey for those involved in continuous improvement. The feet, connected in one round represents the community effort in change. The seven points on the star symbolize the seven pillars of certification. There are three certification types; the Specialist, the Governor, and the Planner. All three types certify Integrated PM on different mixtures of the Pillars.

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Membership

Membership

“If I become a member, then I can participate in the community and maybe even make some money, but I would have to collaborate with others at some point.”

Community membership is free. Your user name and email address are used as unique identifiers to provide security to you and other members. With that minimal information, you can join the community. When you begin the registration, you’ll be asked for your name and email address. We will then send you a validation email to confirm your registration. Once you reply, your credentials are established and you become a member- that easily. Our goal is to provide access to the community regardless of race, religion, academic achievement, nationality, sex … whatever. What choices you made in the past shouldn’t prevent your development in the future. We certainly want your contribution. Each one of us contribute to the whole. So, whomever you were doesn’t matter, who are you now?

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Open Access Journals

Open Access Journals

“If I publish my research papers in the R&D Journal of Integrated PM, then other members of the community can base future research on my finding, but people outside our community won’t see it, and the benefit of publishing my studies is directly proportional to the number of other researchers reading it.”

You bet, there have been many different models for publishing journals containing research and development material. With electronic publication, we are no longer limited to a single publishing model, and it appears that for the foreseeable future a variety of different publishing models will operate in parallel. While still accounting for only a fraction of the overall scholarly publishing system, there are currently in excess of 2,700 Open Access Journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals. OA Journals operated by groups of colleagues, will never be the dominate form of scholarly publishing; but at the same time their numbers continue to grow, as does the quality of material they contain and their acceptance among scholars.

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Podcasts, Videos, & Photos

Podcasts, Videos, & Photos

"If I want to create a training video, then I could test the market by developing an e-Learning course, but how would I provide access to the video and gather viewer comments?"

Podcasts, videos, and photos are great ways to receive feedback on new concepts. In the community, users can post these rich media formats that make collaboration easier. Within groups, activities of an event can be posted for group members. Posting to the whole community promotes collaboration across the world. If you have Integrated PM concepts that you would like to share with other members and receive feedback on, then you should consider posting a video.

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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning

“If I complete a course on Project Management, then I expect to understand and be able use what was taught, but when I study Project Management, I fall asleep, and comprehend very little below surface concepts.”

What do you prefer when learning new project management principles; lectures, videos, picture & graphs, role playing, discussions, performance reviews, reading books, podcasts, or maybe modeling and simulation? At pmNERDS, course instructors and designer are challenged to use these teaching tools. Some are better at this than others.

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Quasi Experimental Research

Quasi Experimental Research

“If we used a true experimental research method, then we would have the best-results, but we can’t control all the relevant state variables.”

Many times, our clients don’t have the time, or variable control required for true experimental research, but still need estimates to provide direction for their performance improvement initiatives. In these cases, they can approximate the conditions of the true experiment in a setting which does not allow the control and/or manipulation of all relevant variables. The researcher must clearly understand what compromises exist in the internal and external validity of the design, and proceed within these limitations.

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