A Zen Koan Perspective for the Creative Project Manager

A koan for the creative Project Manager

First there is a project , Then there is no project, Then there is a project…

A koan is meant to bring about deep reflection on a topic with the intent of taking the practitioner closer to the goal of enlightenment. These concise and clever proverbs contain gems that afford a better perspective on complex topics. In this post I will use the mountain koan to dissect the phases of a project and illustrate three key points:

  1. We should not lose “beginner’s mind” and the lofty idealism of the project plan
  2. It is difficult to see the forest through the trees while “inside” the project
  3. There are missed opportunities by ignoring project postmortems

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Kaizen for the Creative Agency Project Manager

 

Kaizen for the creative agency project manager

Kaizen for the Creative Agency Project Manager

Literally translated from Japanese to English, Kaizen means “Good Change”. The inference in business terms becomes improvement, or the process of continuing improvement. Kaizen’s history in the business world began with manufacturing and is closely associated with 5S Lean, but like any simple theory based in the scientific method, it can be applied to broad range of industry. I would argue that holding the principles of Kaizen as a core value is especially imperative for the Creative Agency Project Manager.

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