- Jan 7, 2008Hi Rick and welcome!
Point # 3 in your list is very familiar to me. I too started in IT
Project Management. I worked for two very large companies, GM and
Chrysler, both of which have lumbering bureaucracies with a command
and control mindset. As a result it was always challenging to achieve
my project objectives.
After much frustration I began delving into organizational behavior
and complex adaptive systems which led me to ona-prac. Since then I
have had the opportunity to conduct an ONA for Chrysler's IT group.
I'm sure you and I are not alone. IT systems are dynamic and usually
cross organizational boundaries. My guess is that most IT departments
are not astute enough to address the technology-driven organizational
challenges they face. "Agile Project Management" is a good method for
navigating organizational friction while trying to achieve project
objectives. You may also want to read up on "Wicked Problems"
Best of luck.
--- In email@example.com, "Rick Fowler" <efowler01@...> wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I've just joined the ONA-prac group and am thrilled to be here!
> I am a consultant in business/IT strategy and implementation
> (examples: enterprise content management, knowldge management,
> interactive marketing, custom software engineering). I'm also an MBA
> student at the University of Chicago GSB.
> My interest in ONA/SNA comes from three places:
> 1. I first learned about networks when I started a small business
> without having a network. That's difficult - I don't recommend
> it. :^) But I gained quite a bit of practical experience in
> developing professional networks as a result.
> 2. I've done some SNA with UCINet and NetDraw for class projects and
> want to learn more.
> 3. In my software engineering and project management roles, I have
> found that the challenges to successful projects are rarely
> technical - they involve culture, organization, communication, and
> group dynamics most of the time.
> So I've dedicated myself to learning how to improve organizational
> effectiveness, and I want to learn more about using ONA.
> Specifically, I'm looking for methods and tools for diagnostics and
> for approaches to developing solutions to organizational challenges.
> I look forward to learning as well as contributing as much as I can.
> Kind Regards,
> Rick Fowler
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