The Mr Tumble Approach To Project Management (The Parent Project Month Twenty)
Jack is under 2 years old, so I promised that we wouldn’t use television. It’s not good for Jack’s development, language learning, and blah, blah, blah. We soon discovered that the time he takes to get up from his nap at 4 p.m. and has tea at 5.30 p.m. is a terrible gap.
So, hello Mr Tumble. You are my savior in the afternoons. You can stop my son’s tantrums and make him sit (sit !!!)). For 15 minutes. I think I like you a little.
Mr Tumble is a character in the program Something Special. It uses Makaton sign language to aid with expression and language learning. Jack will run to the remote control and point it at the TV if you mention Mr Tumble. Jack also does the sign for bag (since Mr Tumble has a very spotty bag). We try to avoid talking too much about him if we don’t plan on watching any of the 40 episodes we have recorded.
What is Mr Tumble’s method of project management? If Mr Tumble were a project manager, he would be quite good at it. Because…
He repeats everything
“Don’t forget about the magic,” the child’s voice says.
Mr Tumble says, “The magic?”
“To send the spotty bag Justin and his friends.”
“Ah, magic. “Will you help me?”
The magic rhyme is: “Take your fingers and touch your nose. Blink three times, and it goes.” Jack doesn’t have the dexterity necessary to connect with his nose every single time, but sometimes we can get a good touch, then a waggle, and it goes.
This phrase is repeated in every episode along with many other catchphrases. Repetition helps you recall the words and signs and makes it easier to recall them later in a different context. Jack shouted “Bag!” and signed the statement. I believe Jack would have a better life if he had a good-looking bag.
Many times, project communications need to be repeated multiple times in different ways to get the message across. It is important to keep the message of risk management consistent throughout the project. Too often, we focus on risk identification and forget about the process for identifying new risks. Repetition is a good thing!
He makes it enjoyable
These tales of Mr Tumble are stories about him and his friends from Tumble Town. It’s slapstick comedy, but it’s hilarious. Another catchphrase is “We’re all friends.”
If the team is friendly and the work is enjoyable, projects are more successful. While you won’t have many laughs while putting a watering can on top of your head at work, you can try to keep your team motivated and include some fun in your activities. It doesn’t matter if you are best friends with your colleagues, but treating them with respect (even those that you don’t like) will make the project a pleasant one.
He is inclusive
Justin Fletcher, Mr Tumble’s alter-ego, is featured in the show. He also participates in everyday activities with children and their parents. Many of the children in the show have special needs. The show is inclusive. They have visited a temple, been down a zip line, performed a circus skills workshop, and visited a lifeboat station. Other things include going to the post office, riding a train, and visiting the park.
It also has something for adults. Although I can’t watch many episodes of In The Night Garden at the moment, my ability to handle Mr Tumble is limitless because I’m learning how to sign. Pre-schoolers and children with special education needs don’t have to find it patronizing or low quality.
Communication is essential for project success. It is important to keep it simple and understandable so that everyone can use it. You must be able to communicate effectively with all levels of the workplace hierarchy as well as people of all abilities.
He takes steps to ensure safety
The zip wire: An expert was with the children. The trapeze: the children were given enough airtime