Author Archive for: ‘Peter’

What if there’s no ‘we’ in your team?

Leaders of project teams, so-called Project Managers (PMs), love to tritely quote the maxim: “there is no ‘I’ in team”. True no matter how literally or figuratively you choose to examine the statement. Teams typically hear this maxim from us (I have PM background) as a passive-aggressive scolding for acting counter to working as a …

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Why not Agile for COTS?

Is it just me or does it seem like COTS implementation is perceived as incompatible with Agile? I just don’t understand why that should be so. After all, much of the up front product conceptualization is already complete when you implement a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) software system, isn’t it? As you will see below, this …

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Why you should bite that silver bullet

The more I read about human psychology, the more I realize we are more automatic and instinctual than we care to admit. Yet, we like to believe that we are much more intellectually evolved than our fellow species. We have a dangerous level of overconfidence in our own abilities to be rational. You may be …

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Requirements Hubris: A human condition

What is it about requirements that make us sure that we can get them all and get them exactly right at the beginning of a project? I’m not just talking about software or digital products, this phenomenon (human flaw?) seems to exist everywhere including, but certainly not limited to: home improvement, instructional design and event …

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Waterfall = T; Agile = Q

​Ever heard of the iron triangle​ ​or the Fast-Cheap-Good triangle? If so, you’re probably a project manager. It’s ok, so am I . For the remaining masses who have decided that a job that is analogous to cat herding is not for them, I’ll explain. The iron triangle is intended to express immutable laws of …

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