P/PM INDUSTRY NEWS
Gower’s former chief editor joins MPA in UK to manage Major Projects Knowledge Hub
24 April 2017 – Oxford, UK – The Major Projects Association (MPA) has announced the launch of their Major Projects Knowledge Hub. The Hub consists of two elements: a knowledge repository, where users can access and add insight from their own major projects in a way that allows the material to be freely used, modified and further shared; and a major projects community, where they can communicate, interact and connect directly with their peers. The following is based on the MPA news release.
This is a substantial undertaking. MPA is connecting users not only with their own content but also with insight drawn from as many learning legacy and other knowledge hubs that are happy to collaborate. The development site isn’t yet complete but already contains abstracts and links into the material in the Crossrail and London 2012 Learning Legacies. MPA is endeavouring to encourage and facilitate a community of practice to model and share the behaviour associated with social learning.
The speed of change, complexity and uncertainty associated with major projects such as large infrastructure, social, government or business transformation requires an ability to draw on the data, techniques and lessons of every major project as it happens and to problem solve, learn and collaborate in real time.
Whilst organizations espouse the idea of continuous, work-based learning, few have yet built the requirement or the processes into their projects. And there are plenty of questions we need to answer if we are to be successful: how can we attract and motivate sufficient people from all levels within organizations? How can we encourage their organizations to provide them with the time and support to look up from the pressure of day-to-day processes? How can we overcome a natural risk aversion and reticence to share amongst businesses, large and small? How do we help all those involved to identify and realise the often apparently, intangible value associated with working collaboratively?
On the other hand, the benefits, if we can realise them, are substantial. Faster problem solving; access to pertinent data and experience for any organization trying something for the first time; a culture of sharing and collaboration that will break down siloes inside the business; employees who are instilled with an understanding of risk and opportunity and motivated to continually question and improve. And the benefits should extend to the UK PLC; with better projects; improved return on investment and the growth of the kind of skills that both industry and government require for us to succeed post-Brexit.
Given the complex challenge we have set ourselves, we are keen to build on any insight and prior knowledge we can find. Do you already have experience in solving some of these obstacles to collaboration? Have you been involved in the development of knowledge sharing or community of practice activities? If you are willing to share your advice and experience with us, then please contact Jonathan Norman, Major Projects Knowledge Hub Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 07387 268596).
The Major Projects Association (MPA) is a member association for organisations engaged in the delivery and the development of major projects, programmes and portfolios. Established in 1981 and based in Oxford, England, MPA was founded specifically for sharing experience, knowledge and ideas about major projects – both successes and failures – to help others avoid mistakes and to incorporate good practice, in order that future projects would be better initiated and delivered. Membership comprises organisations engaged in a wide range of commercial and public enterprises, operating in a wide variety of fields. For more information, visit www.majorprojects.org.