It's part of my job, it seems, to be in a perpetual cycle of taking exams and (hopefully) getting sent such things, so forgive me if I sound blasé but this did not stir me to great rejoicing.It has become quite normal.
But today this one did make me pause. I thought back to the assessment process. Unusually from an APMG qualification, this was not gained by a tick-box exam paper, but rather by means of submitting a 4,000 + word dissertation on an aspect of a programme. In my case I chose stakeholder engagement, and it was the assessment process that added value for me. And I found it really rewarding to reflect on different aspects of this theme in the Managing Successful Programmes Framework and relate that to other aspects of the programme. Reflective writing is one of the ways I learn.
As Dawson Trotman once said:
"Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through your fingertips."
The whole process was more rewarding for me than the certificate, although I'm sure my colleagues in pearcemayfield will beg to differ!
One further point: this blog has been quiet these last few weeks as I've been …. writing. I'll be publishing a book later this year on how project managers can do the 'people thing', stakeholder engagement, much much better. Let me know if you are interested in this.