Toby Elwin, blog, top 10, posts, 2014, 10 to 6

Top 10 blog posts for 2014, 10 to 6

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Hey, you! All eyes on the scope of this icebreaker over here.

Closing out 2014, I look back at the year’s most viewed posts as a chance to reflect on different blog topics, from ice breakers through mergers and acquisitions, here is what people viewed.

In descending order:

10. Scope or: how to manage projects for organization success, part 1 —

What not to do is sometimes more important than what to do.  Project scope is a shared view of what gets done and a clear view of what not to do.

This post reviews the resource opportunity cost when on the wrong work that needs to happen and how to manage only the work required for a project to meet expectation. At it’s best, scope, tells us what not to start, at all.

9. Highlight change management — an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry  —

There is change afoot.  A whole industry, profession, practice, and project discipline on change management.  Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is unique in its ability to facilitate positive change and to co-create innovation and sustainable design.

In 1999 I began to work with AI to facilitate and design change.  The principles lay over any approach, any dialogue, any engagement, any interaction.  Here is an introduction for change in large and complex scale systems to collaborative, team change.

8. Mergers and acquisitions failures are project management failures  —

Mergers and acquisitions failures are really business strategy project management failures  No matter the motive for a merger or acquisition the real work comes with integration.

Similar to a project scope statement that identifies the success criteria for a project, the only way to identify success or failure is within the scope of M&A goals.

7. The best meeting icebreaker to break the ice  —

Meeting bring host people and people bring a sack full of views, perspectives, and agendas.  Warm up a meeting with an icebreaker to help people get to know each other and share common goals.

This icebreaker provides a low-threat, low-touch opportunity to expand one another’s view and, very much, honors the best of what each person perceives important.

6. The 2 most important learning metrics  —

Learning is hard when you have work to do.  Harder still to successfully lead a project or change management effort and justify investment.

Where above mergers and acquisition, scope, change management, and collabortive themes abound, this post helps measure and manage return on learning investment.

Here is an icebreaker I have run for a least 10 years with consistent meeting success to set up a collaborative environment.

Next: Top 10 blog posts for 2014, 5 to 1

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