It was a slow news day at The Guardian yesterday.
Illustrative example #1: They led with two (2!) stories on the Great British Bakeoff (here and here).
Illustrative example #2: They had a fake photo-story on the life of young Prince George (here).
I felt physical pain as I scanned that dreadful Prince George piece.
I can find better content clogging up my Facebook feed or by randomly trawling through Tumblr.
Heads up Guardian: I expect much higher quality than this nonsense.
Then there was this: An A-Z of modern office jargon.
Oh no, though I, surely they’re not going to do one of those dreadfully predictable pieces on how we’re all running stuff up flagpoles to drill down on the key issue before close of play?
Surely, even in these tough times, The Guardian still pays an Editor to stick this sort of no-brainer crap onto the back burner?
It seems not.
Apart from trying to get fit (which is going surprisingly well), the one thing I am trying to do as I have some spare time “between jobs”, is to refresh my knowledge of change management and project management.
I have used Agile/Lean-type methodologies for years (I think it’s a hugely powerful method for the development of software, especially for internal IT departments), so I thought I’d scan around YouTube to see if there were any useful resources to help me with my knowledge-refresh project.
I came across this video from the Project Management Tutorials channel. It’s only introductory, so it’s fairly low-level, but it’s well presented and clearly explained and I think a useful resource.
Here is the link to the Agile Manifesto mentioned in the video.
I’ve been researching what quick (and decent) Change Management certification I could get to pin to my chest and prove my professional Change Manager status to the outside world.
The problem is, I think I might be barking up the wrong tree.
It all started when I asked a question in the Organizational Change Practitioners LinkedIn Group about which CM certification would serve me best:
I believe I have the knowledge, skills and experience, but I think lacking a formal certification puts me behind other candidates and I want to plug that gap to make sure I don’t miss out on opportunities.
The point wasn’t which was the best, but which would look the best to help me get interviews and employment in my chosen field.
The problem is that change management in any meaningful sense cannot be distilled into a five-day course. You can run through one particular methodology, but change management is so much more than that. It’s about people for crying out loud: it’s damn complicated.