Six Medals for Development Projects
I recently went to a book store and came across a book The Six Value Medals by Edward de Bono. Now, many of you would have heard of Edward de Bono as a pioneer of lateral thinking by introducing the concept of Six Thinking Hats to us. But this book was new to me. Going through the book, I perceived that this book provides a framework in decision making by understanding the key six values for an organization. The six values are represented as medals.
The Six Medals are
- Gold – People Values
- Silver – Organization Values
- Steel – Quality
- Glass – Creativity
- Wood – Value to environment
- Brass – Perception
This is a management concept and outside the scope of our blog. But this also got me thinking that “what if we take this medals and apply it to our development values?”. Basically, use the term ‘medals’ literally and use it as a reward and recognition means for development projects under different categories. So, we can have…
- Gold Medal – Project that gave the most value to staff.
- Silver – Project that gave the most benefit to the organization. The benefit can be in terms of profitablity, company brand or possibility of getting more projects.
- Steel – Project that was delivered with the highest quality. No defects.
- Glass – The most innovative project.
- Wood – This is tricky. There are very few IT projects that benefit the environment. Maybe we can extend it to the project that gave the most benefit to community or environment.
- Brass – The project that has been percieved as the best project by the customer.
So which medal does your project or project team deserve?