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Managing Projects as a Collaborative Systems Practice

These days, project teams may see their way of working as agile, waterfall, hybrid, design thinking, and/or something different. However they see it, they still need to construct things that they understand as systems, by activities that they understand as systemic. They can only proceed in this way by managing projects as a collaborative systems practice, one whose core dynamic is model-building, prototype development, and continuous improvement. 

As a practice, this cooperative,  constructive, reflective approach enables building things that work. Why? Certainly, because it builds for its stakeholders, greedy and wonderful. But not only for them. It also builds with them, transparently and cumulatively, like fine team play or good conversation. Thus, it is key to engaging stakeholders, nurturing diverse teams, handling new responsibilities, coping with volatile contexts, and, ultimately, to leadership. For growing project managers, what practice could be more valuable? 

Cogent Language

In managing projects as a collaborative systems practice, Cogent Language provides innovative learning opportunities. By this value proposition, we have been growing project managers since our launch in Tokyo in 2007. 

Historically, here in Japan, we have had long-term relationships with innovative organizations in the nonprofit, education, and private sectors. Corporate clients have included top-of-the-line APAC and global firms, in IT, finance, engineering, and publishing. Outside the private sector, we continue to work with APAC NPO's and schools, offering advice and instruction in project management, entrepreneurship, and innovation. 

That said, these days, our key customers are not organizations but persons. They are English speaking, bilingual, or multilingual individuals doing project work anywhere in the APAC region and wishing to do it as a collaborative systems practice. 

If this sounds like you, we are here to support your career and your practice, directly and personally. How? Two ways. The first by news and know-how at no cost; the second, by coaching on your project work. Especially if you are new – to your industry,  to your organization, or to its approach to project work – we can be a real resource. In doing just this, we have a track record of better than 15 years.   

On this website, we offer our know-how on project management as a collaborative systems practice, summarized in our collection of worksites here.  Each worksite offers you our know-how on one major project challenge, providing context, approach, and tool kits, along with visual templates, work flow, and work space. 

On our blog at Cogent Language News, we provide links and commentary on project management as a collaborative systems practice. This research is also organized via our project worksites framework. Feel free to look it over, to use it, and to comment. 

Coaching on Project Work

The second way we can support your career is by coaching on project work. By way or our project-based online courses, we such coaching a lot.  While the courses are ours, they are all based on projects that are  yours. Each course is coach-led by a PMP. Each offers you learning paths in project management that are personal, constructive, cumulative, and fun.  

On these paths, we provide you with leading edge project management platforms and with design methodologies and templates, using our collection of worksites. Experimenting with these, you'll learn how to add value to your own work products. By walking thru your work in group settings, giving and getting coaching and advice from colleagues, you'll grow your collaborative systems practice in project management. Going forward in our VUCA world, this is a practice that you can count on to develop the enormous potentials of your teams, of your organization, and of you.

In addition to these group courses, we can also provide individual coaching on your project work and/or on test preparation, including prep for the PMP® examination.  Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

A Place to Start Growing Your Practice: Scrum

If you're very new to project work, to project management, or to agile, there is no better place to start than Scrum. Learn by experience if you can. In any case, learn too from the definitive source, the Scrum Guide, published by the originators, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. This latest version, published 11/2020, is only 13 pages long, and it is free. The Scrum Guide's English language is not difficult, and it is available in many other languages as well. 

If you would like a quick survey of Scrum, here is ours!