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pm_hangout has been for me a safe harbor for public reflection on my own practice. I appreciate very much the hospitality that it offers and the open space for discussion that it makes available to all PMs. And I value as well the unique dynamism of our forum administrator @Harwinder and the active participation of members such as @Chandra and @hi2shrads, amongst others.
As a contribution to a greater diversification of the topics posted in this forum, centered up to now on issues mostly related to PMP® certification and PMI® standards, I propose the following initiative with a fraternal invitation to the participation of all members that may be interested.
The body of PM knowledge cannot be captured in a single book, no matter how authoritative or encyclopedic it may be. The body of PM knowledge resides in all sorts of publications on the matter, in forums, in position papers and, more than anywhere else, in the experience of PMs all over the world.
In this sense, I propose the creation in pm_hangout of a Repository of Real_Case Analyses that reflects on and makes widely available the experience of all members.
Real_Case Analysis could be seen, from this perspective, as an effective learning tool for Project Managers. Some of us might be willing to write and post a case for the commentary and scrutiny of our peers. Others, might want to analyze, comment and compare the published experiences with their own experience. The exchange might be in any case very rich and valuable for all.
Writing and exposing a case from our own experience is, we have to admit, not an easy task. I am willing, nevertheless, to give it a try and post a first case following certain rules that I have learned from the publication of other cases. Most of those rules have to do with protecting the privacy and good fame of third parties and with the use of a descriptive narrative of what happened more than an account of personal points of view about what should have taken place.
Prior to the posting of this invitation, I started to work on a Real_Case Analysis from my own experience. And I am willing to post such case in three by-weekly installments.
I therefore shall appreciate your comments and precisions to this post so I could have a measure of the level of interest that the Real_Case initiative may arouse. If there is enough interest, I would be ready to publish the first installment of my case right away and go from there. Please let me know. Thanks a lot.