Support mentoring and coaching

The extent to which an organisation offers support, mentoring and coaching is a good measure of its commitment to project management. For individuals and organisations to learn and grow in competence, it is essential that investment is made in their development.

However, this does not mean that companies should necessarily invest in yet more training. The turnaround of an organisation so often depends on the gradual embedding of preferred practice in real projects. The investment made in training, education and recruitment will be worthwhile only when people work and learn together.

This can be achieved in many ways, including the following:

e Post-training coaching events. A cost-effective way of ensuring that the lessons of a course become embedded in a person's way of working soon after receiving the training. e Working lunch refreshers. It is helpful to refresh knowledge and skills with support in specific topics of interest. e Skills forums. An ideal way to share experience, improve the systemised approach and raise everyone's standards. However, without proper ownership and control, forums can quickly become worthless. e Newsletters. A helpful way of describing the ever-changing context within which the projects sit to an audience that would otherwise look mostly inwards. e Road-shows. Like newsletters, these aim to maintain an interest in the relevance of project management. They invite participation but require investment. However, in mature project management cultures it is not unusual for two or more road-shows to be scheduled throughout the year. e Intranet sites (web-based sites available to a restricted, usually internal, audience). Common today, intranets provide a means of storing and making accessible the organisation's systemised approach so that it is not just available to anyone deemed to need it, but also represents the most current, single version of the truth (svot).

e Buddying. This works best when it is requested rather than enforced. Individuals are assigned a buddy with whom they can learn more about themselves and project management. This has huge advantages in that it is an organic, self-regulating approach, becoming only as large a mechanism as it needs to be; if people find little value in it, they will cease to participate. It allows participants to share experience, ask for advice in an unthreatening, informal environment and grow as managers and leaders.

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