This is a curation sample of content I produced for a newsletter sent to senior level project managers. I enjoy curating content It allows me to share research about topics with readers who want to keep up with subjects in their field and benefit from the guidance of someone familiar with the issues.
In April of 2013 the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published the results of their exploration of the secretive world of offshore companies and trusts. This project team of 86 journalists worked together to expose correction and fraud. It’s an amazing story of what a good team can do, even with shaky stakeholders.
About the Team
The report itself is valuable, but for project managers the team has an inspiring story to tell. Many of us are given a project fraught with problems, short on budget, tight on staff, and shy on stakeholder support. And we’re expected to deliver.
This story is the story of such a team and how they overcame the problems, got on with the job, and not only met the challenge, but invented ways to exceed everyone’s expectations.
The ICIJ is an independent network of reporters in more than 60 countries who collaborate on cross-border investigations, as part of a project of the Washington-based Center for Public Integrity. They are a complex virtual team with a mission that matters and a process open to inspection and improvement.
It’s real-life drama that inspired me. I think it will inspire you as well. Enjoy the story, but read it for the teamwork. It’s worth the time.
About the Story
Gerard Ryle, ICIJ’s director, obtained the data trove as a result of his three-year investigation of Australia’s Firepower scandal, a case involving offshore havens and corporate fraud. To cover the vast amount of information he engaged PICIJ’s 86 investigative journalists from 46 countries in one of the biggest cross-border investigative collaborations in journalism history. Unique digital systems supported private document and information sharing, as well as collaborative research. These included a message center hosted in Europe and a U.S.-based secure online search system. Team members also used a secure, private online bulletin board system to share stories and tips.
Here is a great detective story; by a great project team.