Project Management Institute

Journaling

a learning tool for project management training and team-building

This paper describes the application of reflective learning journals to promote critical self-awareness. This technique improved both individual and team performance among members in nine management undergraduate teams conducting project management research projects. Qualitative analyses of entries in the journals revealed seven major themes: interpersonal relationships, team communication, stress-time pressures, team vs. individual work, personal criticisms and improvement, lessons learned and future actions to improve one's performance, and evaluation and comments about journaling. Analyses of the journaling evaluation data showed that participants found journaling a useful learning tool. Recommendations are presented for using reflective learning journals as one tool in project management training and team-building.
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