I greatly enjoyed watching a recorded webinar on projectmanagement.com led by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, The Project Revolution. It's very good - as one commenter in the presentation page thread wrote, "one of the most outstanding presentations that I have attended."
Nieto began with a comparison of organization support for operations (focused on running the business) and projects (focused on changing the business), and the trend of organizations to commit more and more effort to project work. He reviews some Google Ngram data that illustrated the relevance of projects in publication - and the lack of corresponding publication in project management. What has happened with this increased focus on projects to meet the needs of businesses and organizations? Nieto shares some implications, two of which spoke to me given my most recent experience in a portfolio planning effort:
Nieto suggests three remedies to improve the current situation:
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"Nothing so sharpens the thought process as writing down one's arguments. Weaknesses overlooked in oral discussion become painfully obvious on the written page.”