Scott Adams on a “real” college education

The Dilbert creator writes occasionally for the Wall Street Journal and has had some great pieces.  This past week’s entry hit on the mismatch between college student and curriculum:

I understand why the top students in America study physics, chemistry, calculus and classic literature. The kids in this brainy group are the future professors, scientists, thinkers and engineers who will propel civilization forward. But why do we make B students sit through these same classes? That’s like trying to train your cat to do your taxes—a waste of time and money. Wouldn’t it make more sense to teach B students something useful, like entrepreneurship?

The entrepreneur’s knack — “the strange art of transforming nothing into something”  — is exactly what a clever, but not brilliant, person should cultivate.  Adams helpfully includes a list of behaviors this B-student curriculum should foster: Combine Skills, Fail Forward, Find the Action, Attract Luck, Conquer Fear, Write Simply, Learn Persuasion.

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Biggest PM Job in the world… ha!

While I appreciate Glen’s shout-out (here), it is the SAP project and program managers who have the big and tough jobs. As Glen notes, managing SAP projects isn’t for the faint of heart.  Our engagement leaders are the ultimate guarantor of SAP’s brand value (which has a solid 10% CAGR since we started our PM initiative in 2003, BTW).  These colleagues have tons of talent and responsibility.  

They certainly have my team’s respect.  We demonstrate that respect by not claiming to promulgate “best” practices.  Sure, what the Global PMO delivers should be “good” practice; however, our material has its greatest value as a foundation for innovation.  Truly best practices come from the field looking at our content and saying “this approach is OK, but how about if we added/changed/deleted this?”

How NOT to explain the value of your PMO...

How NOT to explain the ways one's PMO adds value to the field.

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