I was facilitating a workshop with a project team and realised that something was wrong!
Symptom: the 5 people in the project team were talking differently about the project
Analysis: I gave each person a piece of flip chart paper and asked them to write down the project objectives
Result: 4 different sets of objectives (2 were the same)
We discussed this and the team came to the conclusion that they had not done enough asking. This however was challenged by one of the team members. She gave a schedule of people they had spoken to and it was impressive.
The room went quiet, very quiet.
I then asked whether the group felt they had dug deep enough with the types and level of questioning; whether they had really teased out the true objectives. Silence again!
Then after a difficult discussion in which the group identified the questions asked they came to the conclusion that they needed to further develop not only their project management skills but their questioning skills.
We identified a number of questions that they needed to ask to identify clear objectives. At the same time we discussed the need to develop their questioning skills. I was able to give them a handout on this topic which they found really useful.
A free questioning skills guide!
How good are your questioning skills? This group like many who come on our project management training courses needed to develop their questioning skills. They found the handout useful so I have placed this here for you to download and it’s free!
So, the question is, to download or not to download….and whether you need to develop your questioning skills.