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Are you a regenerative PM?




Regenerative project management is the adaptive application of every relevant discipline to extend benefit derived from a project through direct and indirect interaction.

A different way:

Regenerative project management demands mutualism in all interactions on the way to benefits realization.

A different way:

Leave everything we touch better than we found it in accordance with organizational goals.

The resources in the Maypop Grove community, happily activating on a 2023 roadmap, are intended to support regenerative PMs. You can capitalize it, I will to share these ideas, but it’s much more important to just do it.

  • A regenerative PM is aggressively looking for resources to leverage on the way to enabling teams.

  • A regenerative PM is actively learning about new aspects of their chosen domains, working through each relevant intersection of industries, functions, innovations, and techniques.

  • A regenerative PM is tapped into human readiness, learning dimensions of motivation, education, activation, adoption, and celebration.

Tactically, a regenerative PM sits at the intersection of change management, project management, systems engineering, innovation delivery, and leadership.

Selfishly, I call this intersection home, but that’s why I’m feeling the credibility to put this out there with my stamp.

As with all ideas, we will wrap this with words. For now, though, this may be the name to something you already feel.

Yes, “regenerative” is the new buzzword, but it is also the accurate word to describe in-scope requirements to repair, renew or enhance every resource utilized or contact engaged throughout the activities of the project.

Getting started? You're here, you already are.

There are models we can start to use already to move this way, and I already talked about a key one, the Inner Development Goals. If the purpose of a regenerative PM is to efficiently enact work with the widest beneficial outcomes, then the IDGs point toward helping us be ready to do that. Efficiency also means collaboration and effective use of what is at hand. This model is available to all.

The UN SDGs themselves are useful to do a 17-point inspection on your project goals. Are there opportunities to stretch a bit with this in mind? What else or how else can we contribute on the way to the goal and objectives we have and are there tradeoffs to consider?

The core Value Chain conversation also maps the footprint of the project, and possibly the functional hometowns of our stakeholders to confirm our reach and inputs, the best path to confirming intended or unintended outcomes.

The models I’ve been developing over time, the 6 Cs of project scoping, 4 Rs to defining processes, and more, focus on co-creating projects with stakeholders, pushing the definitions of success and failure to align. That’s core to regenerative PM, ensuring a shared design of what we’re renewing toward. Using shared models to co-create gives structure to creative solution development.

Levels of proficiency as a regenerative PM can span breadth and depth of each of the contributing disciplines, creating flavors of focus. That differentiation is important because to an extent, regenerative PMs tend to specialize just based on passion and interest. This isn’t about technical or functional, or about any one industry. Regenerative project management is about a chosen role to be a bit of an activist and invest in yourself to be ready to do so.

More to come on this, but if you feel like this is resonating with you, a call to stretch and help more somehow, to anchor on a bigger story to motivate yourself, then welcome to the regenerative PM community!


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