An interview with Dr. Bruno Paul Kahne, trainer, facilitator and responsible of the strategy of Airbus Leadership University. By Paulina Szczepaniak and Łukasz Paluszkiewicz
Bruno, you’re talking on communication, and what project managers can learn from the Deaf community. It is a very unusual idea. Could you tell us, where it came from?
I am a trainer on different topics, including communication. I’ve developed a course on communication using communication models, theories, some games and experimentations. And it was good. People were coming to the course, and they were happy, they were progressing. But one day the sponsor of this course approached me and said he was not happy with the training. I asked him “Why?” He replied that it was not fun enough. Well, I’m not entertainer, I’m a trainer. I am ready to make some efforts, but then the people coming to the course also need to make some efforts. I asked him if he had any concrete recommendation, but he was just critical for the sake of it. So we left in total disagreement. This is the first part of the story.
When I was preparing for my first public speech on project management I have noticed that no one ever told me that the theory I was studying is not exactly what I found at work… That is why I had many bad behaviors when I started my first job. Not because I was lacking of knowledge, but because I had it too much. I was complaining a lot that it is not how it should be, that there ought to be better practices implemented, you could count it on and on… But it took me a while to understand that big companies brings some limitations.
Let’s define virtual team, because many people get confused and say that virtual team is just the team that never meets. They communicate only over online media and for sure there are such teams, and the number of such teams is not so small. But define the virtual team as the team that is in more than one location. So you may have 2 offices in the same city and you are already in a virtual team. You may have collocated unit and then a couple of satellite members, it is a virtual team. If you have more than one location, or regular home office workers it’s a virtual team. So team that is in more than one location is called virtual, or remote, or distributed, or hybrid, those are all synonyms of the same thing. According to this definition, what do you think are the percentage of the virtual teams globally?
An interview with Kimberly Wiefling, author of Scrappy Project Management, trainer, facilitator and consultant in Silicon Valley Alliances by Łukasz Paluszkiewicz
You have decided to submit an abstract for International PMI Poland Chapter Con¬gress for the second year in a row, and you qualified each time. Why have you decided to speak on this event again?
Last year’s PMI Poland Chapter congress was such a wonderful experience for me! I felt so warmly welcomed and appreciat¬ed by the people I met. And I also felt the growing importance that Poland is playing in the project management world. On a per¬sonal note, I felt emotionally connected to my Polish colleagues because Poland is the home of my great grandparents, who spoke only Polish.
Assuming that project is a temporary organization that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business products according to an agreed Business Case1 why project managers take only lessons learned from other projects and not from organizations? What a project manager can learn from a manager? How to make project team a team, working towards common vision, and common goal? Well, give them a compass.