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November 22, 2014

PIUSS– seeing the real question

Our team put together the presentation on what makes a successful six sigma project. And i am proud to say that we successfully overcame the essential problem that i always have of 'answering the question'. I was quiet worried about this after my PMA, infact I actually started answering the question wrong at first, but after a little advice from Greame i saw that. So I learnt how e must look at a question properly, not find interpretations of it according to what the literature says. because as soon as we find something good in the reading we think 'ah yes thats a brilliant way of looking at it lets expand on it further'. Whereas that is not gonna hep you or the people you are presenting to either.

So we asked Greame after the next class, on what we may be doing wrong and got the best direction we could(again its as simple as just asking). And we went back and reviewed our work in light of this.

How might I use these skills in the future ? well for one, I am definitely going to be looking at my PMA more closely now and my project. BUt at work i think its crucial to understand these sort of tasks. sometimes you can cause a huge loss to your team or your career by not understanding the task, so you should ask for confirmation or guidance dont be shy and you shouldn't linger on little details or let to many opinions distract you. You are part of a team and you should take an active part in the success of that team.

October 26, 2014

PMA chronicles– 2.1 – What i really should be doing!

So after I asked for guidance, things really did fall into context as opposed to the good old mumble jumble of my brain.

So in my last blog I mentioned that i was stressing over how I am going to get that distinction or outstanding stage of the marking scheme and how impossible it seemed. Well apparently all it takes to make the impossible possible is a Vernon Blackmore PMA workshop and sit-down with the one and only, Paul Roberts.

No joke it is the most awesome combination. I will speak about the PMA work shop in PMA Chronicles 2.2. But first, I want to tell you about the 'Pauls Pearls of wisdom' (I really do believe this needs to be an established term, seriously)

So there are two key things that I learnt for my PMA and dissertation.

1) There is a lot of thought that should go into your literature research

2) I can actually write a critical analysis

I was looking at all the wrong sources, at literature from the premature ages of OL! The period of time a article is written in can have a huge impact on the relevancy and reliability of the work. The time line below explains it pretty well.

Certain things like financial crashes have a huge impact on organizational culture or employees views and motivations. Information before that may not hold true anymore. Or wars could completely change the landscape of the business world for certain places. Other times new theories and findings have come out that disprove the prior things. Most of the time articles are themed around the current times and what is happening in that context so they become irrelevant to us now.

So If I look at it from my point in the timeline, if I want to use something from 1992 it may be very outdated but sometimes the theory still applies. So, thorough research should be done into the background of the source and into the motivations and themes underlying it.

Although this seems a little intimidating I actually found that I was relieved to hear this. It was lighting up the way path to “achieving mastery”. I know I won’t reach here for a PMA but at least now I can understand how this is actually attainable.

And then the part of reaching this level of critical analysis was cleared up too. I for some reason had the misconception that being critical about the references was what this was but in fact it is how you spot themes, trends and patterns and your ability to connect dots or in some cases find the gap.

I found these aspects so important because they will completely change how I write and read too. It has enriched my critical skills and also provide me with an essential tool for future work.timeline for references

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