Last week on #LDInsight Tweetchat(Fridays, 8am BST), the following question was posed.
Who could we be talking to that we aren’t at present?
Here was my response.
Now perhaps Peer Observation was probably not the right terminology, but my comment did resonate with some people, including respected colleagues Michelle Parry-Slater (@MiPS1608) and Jo Stephenson (@Jostepho).
Within my most recent organisation, my experiences of observation were either provoked by an HR process (e.g. appraisal/performance management), change (e.g. imminent restructures), or a combination of both. It strikes me now that we just sat and waited for these triggers. We weren’t agile, we weren’t really benchmarking ourselves sufficiently and possibly against the wrong things. Frankly, I feel we got a little lazy.
Your practice (and perhaps definition) of observation might well be different within your workplace. In this social age, we actively ‘observe’ our external peers through conferences, blogs, Meetups, Tweetups etc, but are we missing out on some useful CPD by partnering with an organisation and periodically observing each other’s day-to-day environment and practices?
Yep, the idea of external observation scares the heck out of me too, and I know it’s not easy, but how much value would both parties gain from spending time (and little budget) with each other, especially if your industries and/or sectors are at polar opposites?
So anyway, I’ve decided to put this to the test.
I plan to approach some individuals and organisations over the next few weeks…. speak to other LnDers, Developers, Architects, Marketeers, Product Managers. I have no idea what to expect (neither do they), but I’m confident it will be time and (little) money well spent.
Finally, in the spirit of recent hybrid hashtagging trends, I will today launch this campaign (of one) under the HT of #PeerWatch.
Would love you to join me on this.