…with a very international group of IMMIT students. Albania, Austria, China, Colombia, India, Morocco, Netherlands, Turkmenistan. This is a tripartite degree that starts here in France, moves to Turku in the winter (lucky students can do lots of winter saunas) and ends in Tilburg. We are doing a 4 day project management course. In this morning’s kick off lecture I learned some interesting things that clarify some puzzles.
One puzzle was generated by the ITMP students last month when we all gathered on the internship feedback day. Why did so many of them find it hard (and I suspect irrelevant) to characterize the companies for which they were working, I wondered. In the old days it was natural and easy for them to work down from the company level to their mission and to situate it. I discussed it with the Dean of Troyes Technology University. His take was that students now identified with projects not with companies. Most of all they were looking for meaningful projects. This was confirmed by Clement Bayard’s tutor. A very bright student had turned down an amazing permanent job offer in a prestigious French luxury fashion house because she found her project in the same company much more exciting than a routine job. And in our discussion this morning, one IMMIT student mentioned a study that said today’s average graduate can expect over their working life to work (and find meaning and stimulating environments) in 27 projects.
If true that would be a real paradigm shift.
Another interesting observation came up when talking about Midler’s paradox. An IMMIT student noticed that a « proof » that the knowledge dimension about the project increased over time was a team’s ability to estimate more and more accurately the amount of time it would take to deliver. Fresh teams could get it wrong by 50% he had found.
Now I am looking forward to receiving version one of the PM books from the Chanel, Eiffel and Jobs teams at half past three.