If you plan to learn about Dragon Dreaming then there are definitely better places to do that. I’m a complete noob.
Today I attended a Cracow Teal Breakfast which was devoted to Dragon Dreaming technique (presented by Robert Palusinski). I knew nothing about the technique before this meeting. I think I learned only some very basic stuff during the ~1h presentation so my knowledge of the topic is very, very shallow. Still, there were some things that got me really interested and I want to share them with you.
First of all, it is somehow refreshing to learn that you can come up with some fresh ideas in the area of project management (which seems to be so well known and established!).
Second, I really like the question, that all project participants have to answer. It goes like this:
What should happen during the progress of this project so that at the end I could say “yes, I’m happy that I was a part of it all”.
This focus on participants’ needs is something very different than the usual focus on goals, efficiency, KPIs, budget etc.
Third, the Dragon Dreaming technique is not for every project. It should be used
to realise creative, collaborative, and sustainable projects. It is based upon the principles of personal and group empowerment, win-win, consensus and commitment.http://www.plays-in-business.com/dragon-dreaming/
Also, I found it pretty interesting how much time is devoted to celebration – 1/4 of the project time and resources! Which seems very generous (if not wasteful) according to usual standards. On the other hand, if you think about the effect on morale and motivation (and, as far as I understood, we are not talking about usual celebration in the pub).
But the thing that got me most is the following. After the project is well defined then at least 4 participants must claim they will cover financial losses (in case the project fails). Wow! I mean, it is like a living example of the “skin in the game“ concept by Nassim Taleb.