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How I have failed to project manage projects

AgileCowboy

#Fails in managing projects

All project management is about writing a list of tasks a glorified to-do list and having everyone in agreement about executing it.

Written like that it sounds so simple doesn’t it?

Hell yeah!

Well no actually. See the trouble is getting real people execute your to-do list is a lot like cat herding.

There’s two approaches to creating a plan… write it all down up front and bark at people like a sergeant major or write some loose description and coax it out like a trendy high school teacher.

But projects can and do fail whatever way they have been organised. I know because I’ve failed using both methods. Let me tell you the reasons why so you don’t have too. Continue reading How I have failed to project manage projects

How Tom Cruise taught me when to Agile and when not

MissionImpossible

When to Agile

Sales people sell dreams… developers make them reality. But with this often awkward tryst things sometimes go wrong. We have all worked on projects that I am sure we all wish hadn’t started I am sure.

It’s been my experience that Agile is often sold in with an impression of being a magic bullet. Using agile so the story goes means that communications are magically perfect, products magically appear on time and magically produced in budget. But magic bullets are called magic for a reason… they don’t exist.

As an Agilista fanboy I am often charged by some assertive management type to simply “fix” the problem with that “Agile” thing you go on about..

So how do I do that? Let me tell you: Continue reading How Tom Cruise taught me when to Agile and when not