Another action packed year is coming to an end and with it comes the need to reflect.
My biggest satisfaction this year has come from being able to allocate sufficient time to reading. In addition to ‘consuming’ and ‘devouring’ large number of blogs, using my News Reader, I have also managed to squeeze in quite a few ‘real’ books as well. My areas of interest included such diverse topics as Technology, Psychology, Science, Rational Thinking and Philosophy. And yes, Project Management as well.
In my writing I have tried to incorporate all these varying disciplines. My key learning this year has been the importance of and the impact that various psychological effects and biases have on our behaviour. This, in my mind, is a much bigger issue, with more extreme impact, than any other factor affecting project performance. Other parameters (like the implementation of an Earned Value Management System, scope management, etc.) are easily learned (although may be difficult to execute) but do not need cognitive adaptation. Being aware of our own deficiencies is a much more complicated concept to grasp, and more needs to be done to raise the awareness about its impact and consequences.
On this note, more on this will be written next year. In the meantime I would like to wish you all a happy and safe new year and looking forward engaging with you after the holidays.