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Expose yourself - ask, ask and ask again

Trudy Robinson - Thursday, October 07, 2010

I'm currently working as project manager in a state govt department assisting with consolidation of their reporting to Treasury.  As with many projects, the begining is a steep learning curve to get to grips with project requirements and outcomes.  Then standard project management strategy (Prince2 in this case), requirements workshops etc kick in.
There are several other government departments who have also consolidated both financial systems and Treasury reporting.  So of course I found contacts, rang them all up and recorded their opinions, issues they mentioned, how they went about their own projects.  I received alot of advice, recommendations and clarification.  After recording all this, I sent this around to project team members and the project board.  Someone in the department made a comment that it wasn't very 'public servant' like of me to do this - in jest of course - as I was meant to reinvent the wheel and go through it all again.
A good project manager can never know it all - you absolutely have to be open to other experience, skill, recommendations and requirements.  To know it all is to never be open to learning.  I've learned good things today, and the project can only benefit from that.  It's quite confrontational calling someone out of the blue - but it's amazing how people respond when you ask them for advice - don't be afraid to try it!
Happy days.

Cert IV in Project Management completion

Trudy Robinson - Friday, December 18, 2009
Congratulations to the class of July 2009 who have just completed their Certificate IV in Project Management.  There were some trials and challenges along the way so it is a credit to everyone who has completed... happy Christmas! 

Creating content for BSB41507

Trudy Robinson - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So, what I've decided to do is put together a product that recognises all the NTIS requirements so that I can align with other Registered Training Organisations.  The product that I am creating will be able to be used by any trainer to address content for the BSB41507 Certificate IV in Project Management as nationally recognised qualification.  So, the product that I am creating in advance will be able to be used as a face to face learning tool - or as a remote external based training facility so that students can study online.  It will make use of many of the tools and resources that I've developed over the years as a project manager, and I'll create video based training to present and clarify all the topics.

It takes forever to create the presentations, narrate, edit, render, upload and link them from the site - but it means that it will be a useful and applicable training resource.  I know what it is like to be taught something then repeat it verbatum without it being of any use whatsoever.  Therefore it will be done, useful and made available.

I don't know what I'm going to do with all my spare time!

BSB41507 Certificate iv in project management

Trudy Robinson - Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Southbank have offered me a casual teaching role.  Three (3) hours one night paid per week and that's to have face to face contact, mark all assignments, create the curriculum, create the content and give feedback/guidance to a class of 24.  They're kidding themselves quite alot - however it gives me the opportunity to verify many of the tools and resources that I already have.  So, it'll be an interesting exercise.  I'll be spending alot of time focussing on project management content rather than information governance for a while.

Happy days

Presentation to Southbank Institute of Technology

Trudy Robinson - Monday, July 06, 2009
I have been asked to make a presentation to Southbank regarding the HR component of Project Management.  This is with the prospect of teaching the Project Management subject.  It took me nearly a whole day to put together an animated presentation but it may be worth it.  The plethora of project management tools and information I have that I've used it the past can be put to good use.  So, watch this space!

Happy days.