Update September 2020

So it has been a while, but we have been busy, thats our only excuse. Ireland came out of lockdown and we had a backlog of projects, connections, and products to get in place.

At the moment we are working on a property backed investment in Wexford town. We also have a couple of community groups that we are working with. This is a really interesting area. How to build communities of people on line. It is similar to building communities of customers but very different.

Growing global communities of practice in Project Management

We have a couple of corporate organisations in this space and are looking out for community managers with good understanding of how to build on line communities.

Our travel is restricted as you can imagine so we are staying in corridors in Europe, mainly Italy, Germany, France and Austria.

We are so glad we have all our contacts working in other parts of the world. A really exciting and potential unicorn has crossed our desks from Canada. We will do all we can to land that into Ireland and especially Wexford.

In the meantime please feel free to contact us.

June 2020

A quick review of what we did last month.

Due to the pandemic it was a bit hectic. Like changing the tyre on a car as it races down a motorway

So we – set up a chapter of Grow Remote and started to run events

  • added 35 new members to this from a standing start
  • took part in radio interview
  • offered many new talks to members on work related matters

-Started to work on new projects in

  • Montenegro and
  • Indonesia

Both of these are start ups and getting the initial team of the ground with two kick off meetings and a way of working agreed. On to the next step in July!

Closed out two project

One in South Africa where the start up is now running and has the framework to be sustainable. The pandemic is reducing the impact of its on site and face to face work but it has adapted to on line presence in the short term

The other in Spain is now wrapped up and the quality audit there is complete. An interesting interpretation of language appeared and has been sent up the chain for adjudication.

Free Project Management Course

Agile Project Management Course

We are please to inform our Patreon members of a free online course in Agile Project Management. Please rush to register, it is starting soon!!

Building stones of life
5 ways to grow

This is a top quality offering and one that we are confident will give you knowledge of skills needed to become a practicing Agile project manager.

We are so delighted with the offering that If you are not satisfied, we will refund your Patreon contribution! More details here.

Remote working is all about trust

“I don’t think of resilience as bouncing back. There is no ‘back.’ Clocks don’t go backwards. Calendars don’t go backwards. We’re moving forward. And the ability for people to move forward with hope is when you see resilience helping them bounce forward through that and then building trust. Every action, every decision you make throughout this crisis, is either going to build trust or degrade from it.”
— Eric McNulty, associate director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, 

Trust is vital part of remote work

Every survey we read speaks to the issue of trust in relationships. When employees are remote then the ability to stand behind them and watch them is gone. No harm. But we have to replace it with trust. Managers and employees need to trust each other

Trust is hard to build and easy to break. Yet it is vital for the future. Being trustworthy is a key part of 5 ways to grow. Being trustworthy while working on projects becomes a currency for managers and team members alike.

The Pitch Canvas, helping creators become innovators

The Pitch canvas, designed by the Best Three minutes is one of the ways to organise your thoughts. It is designed to help you structure a pitch. A pitch is a way to get funding or support for your idea to turn it into a start up. A start up is a temporary organisation.

We find it useful to help people with ideas, (Creators) move to people developing those ideas (Innovators). It is a step by step series of questions that you ask about the role of the product or service that you want to bring to life.

The most important thing as we go through the 5 ways to grow is that you are able to answer the question: “How are we essential?”

By working with us at Patreon level innovators we hope to be able to walk with you as you make your best life and dreams come true.

Wexford Chapter of Grow Remote Community

Are you working in County Wexford, Ireland as a remote worker? We are setting up a chapter here of grow remote. Do you sometimes wish to meet up and chat to others working the same way? Do you like to hear about tools, techniques and tips for this way of working. Or just have a bit of banter with a community with remote working as the common denominator. Jump in, read a bit here about what grow remote is as an organisation and then contact us for more!

Working remotely

The County Wexford branch is hosted on the ChangeX platform and it is really lonely at the moment with just me as a member. Jump to the site and join. It costs nothing, you can bail at any time. But being in at the start is exciting. So come along and be in at the start of our new community here in Wexford .

Some tips on companion planting and gardening

As our innovator level Patreon subscribers know, we believe in a balanced life. We love companions, be they animals or people. We enjoy the concept of companion gardening where three or more plants are put together to benefit each other. In the Americas, it was generally a ground cover plant to keep out weeds and make some mulch, a N fixing plant to add natural protein for the plant and, finally a taller species that will provide shade, shelter, and a growing structure to get the plants into the light.

We love the regenerative nature of these ideas. They make us happy that they eliminate the need for weedkillers and pest killers. Plus we think there is some soil regenerative actions in there. We are crazy about regenerative gardening, food forests and that style of growing with nature in a holistic way.

As we get lots of communications from many places we found these three links here that might help you, now that planting time in the northern hemisphere is here. We will publish more.

Link 1 is about companion planting.

Link 2 is a little older but again speaks to companion planting in gardens

Link 3 is more recent and is about windowsill gardening as companions for us and for those of us without much space.

Project Management and the Adaptive Frontier

Today we publish our second paper in the series on this for our Patreon creative level subscriber. The adaptive frontier is interpreted in terms of project management. Position Q is also looked at from a scenario point of view

growing to meet complexity
some areas of life make us sit down but this too is taking action

In this we look at Position Q and the impact on a traditional construction company. We explore the opportunities and reasons why they may have failed. This is a metaphor for how to live ones life. It is one of the pillars of 5 ways to grow.