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Six Medals for Development Projects

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

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

  1. Gold – People Values
  2. Silver – Organization Values
  3. Steel – Quality
  4. Glass – Creativity
  5. Wood – Value to environment
  6. Brass – Perception

Six Medals

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…

  1. Gold Medal – Project that gave the most value to staff.
  2. 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.
  3. Steel – Project that was delivered with the highest quality. No defects.
  4. Glass – The most innovative project.
  5. 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.
  6. Brass – The project that has been percieved as the best project by the customer.

So which medal does your project or project team deserve?

  1. 00003873
    December 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    This is a good article.

    • Nayan
      December 18, 2009 at 3:26 pm


  2. 00042730
    December 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Good analogy!

  3. December 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Did De Bono give his reasoning as to why he chose Steel, Glass, Wood, and Brass for his value representation? Wood for environment is understandable but am intrigued to understand the other analogies.

    • Nayan
      December 27, 2009 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Arvind, Yes De Bono did give the reasoning in his book and briefly in his site..
      Gold – It is a precious metal & so are people
      Silver – Silver represents money & hence organization
      Steel – Steel must be as strong as possible & hence quality
      Glass – Glass can take shape of many different shape, sizes & colour & hence creativity
      Wood – As you said is obvious for environment
      Brass – Brass looks like gold but it is not & hence perception.

  4. 00042689
    December 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Good Thought-helps to think differently.

  5. 00048945
    December 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Value to staff is very subjective to me.

    Again Zero D is considered as a norm. Highest Quality – it would be interesting to know the definition. I hope we are including the element of Customer Satisfaction to it.

    Some thought provoking article. Thanks.

    • January 8, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      Zero D might be considered a norm in theory but in practice it is not true. For e.g. how many web-sites are released bug free even sev-3/sev-4. There is always pressure on timelines and there are going to be some amount of bugs in the released code.

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