The PM as a workshop facilitator

The project environment is a dynamic one and Project Managers face different situations with the need to facilitate one or more workshops. When chairing a workshop as a facilitator, there are certain salient points to consider for success – stand back from the discussion and ensure that all stakeholders participate. Planning and participation are core ingredients to workshop success. Let’s consider the following 6 steps that will further help with planning a workshop. Project Managers define the project process, make content decisions about scope, budget, and sometimes about specifications. As a Project Manager, you will have to manage both process and content. However, the role is diff

How To Create a Swim Lane Diagram

We live in a world overwhelmed with waste, and many supply chains suffer the effects of it daily. Luckily, there are many tools out there used to target and eliminate that waste. My personal favourite is the process map in the form of a swim lane diagram. It clearly identifies responsible parties and the points in the process at which they are involved. Below, I have created a simple “how to” guide on creating a swim lane diagram. Identify your process Identify a wasteful process that you wish to improve. Round up the herd Collect representatives from all parties involved in the process. It is best to keep the group limited to 3-5 people. When the group is too large it becomes more difficu

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