Last Updated on: March 19, 2019

Explorers Wanted

Feb 18, 2019

by Jim Johnson

Recently we were asked if we needed a speaker for our upcoming Good Mate Workshop on April 5. In our workshops we do not have speakers and attendees. We have guides and explorers. The idea of our workshops is to explore and flush out contemporary issues. Our guides, which I am one, only talk for a few minutes to frame an issue in order to stimulate thought.  Then small teams of explorers work on the current issue for about 20 to 30 minutes.  After the 20 or 30 minutes we have a general conversation on what the explorers found. This in not a new concept, we have been trying to perfect this procedure for the last 25 years from our first CHAOS University workshop in 1995.  Much of the learning featured in PM2GO microblogs came out of these types of workshops.  The Standish Group will hold a Good Mate Workshop in Burlington, MA (USA), at the classroom and will run from 9AM to 2PM. For more information go to our event page or sign-up in our store.

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Jan 8, 2019

CHAOS Tuesday Show #119 is an overview of the Good Sponsor Workshops conducted in 2017 and 2018.  In this show, Jennifer Drake Ford provides a description of each of the Good Sponsor principles, and Hans Mulder follows each description with examples of exercises and feedback from the Good Sponsor Workshops, focusing on the individual skills supporting the principles.  Hans also provides his own commentary on these skills, as well as feedback from Good Sponsor delegates. The show also provides an overview into the Good Sponsor Nanoclass and the types of skills nanoclass participants can acquire. Takeaways are:

  • Definition and descriptions of Good Sponsor principles
  • Brief introduction to the 50 Good Sponsor skills
  • Workshop feedback on the 50 Good Sponsor skills
  • Commentary on the 50 Good Sponsor skills
  • What it takes to be a Good Sponsor

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Feedback on Good Sponsor Nanoclass Lesson Set #8

Mar 19, 2019

David Johnson says: A good executive sponsor must be highly resourceful in order to get...

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Knowing How to Count

Mar 15, 2019

David Bicknell suggests that the project sponsor needs to know how to “count what counts.”

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Lesson Set #7 of The Good Sponsor Nanoclass

Mar 13, 2019

Dave Johnson suggests; A good emotionally mature executive sponsor who is driving a project to success, needs to be skillful and well aware of ones’ own abilities and weaknesses,


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