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Bad Requirements? Actually, that’s your fault

Bad Requirements? Actually, that’s your fault

I’m growing weary of project managers whining about bad requirements. The truth is, no one can possibly be surprised. From research studies to high-profile disasters, we hear over and over that incorrect requirements and poor scope management are key reasons projects fail. If we know this is a recurring problem in project work, why do … Continue reading »

Agile experts say the stupidest things

Agile experts say the stupidest things

It drives me crazy. I heard an agile consultant this week say, “We’re trying to force the client to track progress they way we want her to”. Really? Good luck with that. People tell me over and over the things self-appointed agile experts have said, and when you think about it, not only do they … Continue reading »

Want successful projects? Do less work

Want successful projects? Do less work

The most dramatic cause of project overruns is that we are doing more work than is absolutely necessary to achieve the high-level scope statement. But you can be the exception. Do not simply accept the project plan handed to you. Facilitate true innovation, which is delivering the most valuable business results from the least amount of work. Continue reading »

Just Enough, Just In Time, and Sometimes Just Because

“How much up-front planning should we do? How many people should we hire? How many meetings, documents and procedures do we need?” No matter what field or what project, we all face the “how much?” questions over and over. To avoid getting bogged down, project managers should heed three golden rules: Just Enough, Just in … Continue reading »