Jesse Fewell

Innovation. Collaboration. Agility.

4 Simple Steps For Tailoring Your Methodology

Posted by on Jan 8, 2010

In the last few posts, I’ve been elaborating on an upcoming column I wrote for PM Network magazine. In those posts, we discovered that methodology doesn’t matter, but that doesn’t stop us from engaging in the methodology wars. In particular, the methodology war is about whether process compliance or process customization is more important for tailoring your work to the job at...

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The Real Reasons Behind the Methodology Wars

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009

NOTE: This post is an elaboration of my column in an upcoming issue of PM Network magazine In my previous post, I laid out 3 Reasons Why Methodology Doesn’t Matter. But the question remains: If it doesn’t matter, why do management experts fuss over those methodologies? Why do we see such heated discussions around the virtues and vices of a given set of policies and procedures? The...

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Methodology Doesn’t Matter

Posted by on Dec 20, 2009

NOTE: This post is an elaboration of my column in an upcoming issue of PM Network magazine Recently, I was reading an online discussion board, where two project managers were arguing whether a particular project management approach could be described as a “methodology”. Their discussion had 37 entries. My first reaction was to roll my eyes at the waste of time involved in such a debate. What...

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PMI Hosts Agile Breakfast

Posted by on Jun 10, 2009

This morning at the National Press Building, the Washington DC chapter of PMI hosted a talk entitled “Agile or PMBOK? You can have both”. The presenter was David Sides from ESI, who has been using Agile at his client engagements for a while, and shared his observations light-hearted fashion (more on that in moment). The event was sold out, with more than 100 DC-area professionals...

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CMMI For the Agile Guy

Posted by on Feb 25, 2009

I spoke last night at the monthly joint meeting of APLN Maryland and gbSpin, where I met Hillel Glazer. Hillel is the “CMMI Agile Guy”, who was the driving force behind SEI’s position statement on Agile. You should check out both the paper, as well as what he has to say on busienss processes in...

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