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What you can learn from… gardening!

Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered to be a relaxing activity for many people. Source: <>

 Now it’s spring you suddenly see green coming up where you didn’t expect it. So what do you do? Does it match your plan for your garden? Will you let it grow or take it away? What is your strategy? What is your budget? Do you have the right capacity and resources?

Sounds familiar?
That’s right! Projects are like all this wonderful green in your garden. But where do these projects come from? How are they connected? And are they part of the bigger plan for your garden? If not, take them away.

Let’s do some gardening
Plants need space to grow. They suffer when they don’t have enough or the right resources. If you want a blue flower make sure you create the right conditions for the environment, otherwise it might be pink!

5 Lessons for your Project Garden…

  • Prepare the environment for what you want to grow. Ensure you have the overview and right resources.
  • Success helps against impatience. Plan your activities, take small steps and enjoy each achievement
  • Be brave. Cut the flowers you don’t want or need in order to let others grow better and giving them the space they need.

    Compare this to scarce resources in your organisation. How often have you killed projects that did not add value to your organisation’s strategic goals?

  • Smart gardening: using less space by combining for instance herbs, flowers and vegetables that add value to eachother. Smart integration of projects save you time, money, resources and might reduce risk in a natural way like it does with smart combinations in gardening.
  • Change the place where you grow specific types of vegetables like beans and unions every year. They like change. Well, so do you probably otherwise you wouldn’t be working on projects. But are you offering enough opportunities for change and growth to your most important resource: people?

Let us know how you are doing. Enjoy your Project Garden with everyone working with you to make it a Garden of Eden!