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What is a project? Part 4: Non-definitional elements

This post is the fourth post in a series that presents a new definition of “project”. In my last post, I looked at several definitions of a project, including the PMI definition, to identify components that were redundant. In this post, I drill into why they are not definitional but ...
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What is a project Part 3 – comparing other definitions

This post is the 3rd post in a series that describes the revised definition of "project" as a concept. Remember, our new definition is: "an endeavour created to produce a specific outcome." In the last post, I provided more detail on the revised definition of "project" and unpacked each of ...
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What is a project Part 2 – Unpacking the definition

In my last post, I outlined a revised definition of a "project". In this post (the second of four), I look in more detail at the main elements of this definition. If you recall, the revised definition of "project" is: “A human endeavour that is created within a context to ...
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Reworking project management: a selection of tools

The "Project Management Meta-problem" series lists nine (9) project management meta-problems. Each meta-problem impacts objective and productive discussion about how to improve project management. The "Manifesto for Action" lists the corollary for each meta-problem. Each is a goal to address one of the meta-problems. Solving these meta-problems gives us more ...
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What is a project Part 1 – A simple definition

Last post I laid out the "Manifesto for Action". I want to establish a broad and inclusive concept of project management that looks at fundamentals and avoids sectarian labels. The first step towards this goal is to define a set of conceptual tools that avoid labels, fixed perspectives, or vested ...
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Making projects sexy again – The Manifesto for Action

In my last post, I summarised the 9 “meta-problems” blocking us from discussing and analysing project management. In this post, we’re moving in a different direction. Now I will look at what we can do to solve these meta-problems and build a broad and rich narrative about project management. Making ...
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Nine project management “meta-problems” that block us

I have now published yarns that each describe one of the nine (9) project management "meta-problems" that I believe we need to resolve before we can start making improvements to project management practice. This is a summary page for those 8 posts, with links to each. What is a Project ...
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Project management uses linear tools for non-linear situations

In my last post, I covered the lack of trust in organisations and how none of the tools or processes in project management addresses this problem. In this post, I’m looking at the inability of project management practice to deal with non-linear dynamics. We plan and execute projects linearly, but ...
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Project management and the no-trust mess

In my last post, I described the inability of project management to deal with the “quick fix” syndrome, whether or not it’s valid for any project. In this post, I’ll examine the lack of trust in organisations and how none of the tools or processes in project management addresses this ...
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Project management can’t help with the “quick fix” syndrome

In my last post, we saw the “disabling professions” establish a “one best way” in both traditional and agile project management. A different face of this problem is dealing with stakeholders who don’t recognise major parts of the orthodoxy. In this post, I’m covering the inability of project management to ...
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Posts on Articles from other authors

This includes summaries and critiques of posts or resources from other sites and authors, as well as original posts by Adam.

  • The category “Adam Reads” contains summaries and links to poasts and resources from other authors which I have tagged as of interest to my readership.
  • The category “Adam Critiques” includes reviews of these other resources.

“Adam Reads” Reco: “Philip Glass & Arturo Bejar | Talks at Google”

Note: I've heard Philip Glass talk with his music for so many years now.  I think, as with many people of my age, I was first exposed to his music via the film "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance" and then went on to find more and more of his music.  Now ...
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“Adam Reads” Reco: “The Value of One-to-One Customer Support for SaaS”

There are few things in the world more frustrating than contacting a general support line or email address and getting a new person each time. Whether you’re calling about cell phone service, auto insurance, or software support, we’ve all experienced the familiar frustration of sitting in a support queue before ...
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“Adam Reads” Reco: “6 Things Product Managers Should Do Before Building a Roadmap”

The product roadmap is the most essential document that your company can have. It shows what your product aims to achieve; how it will fulfill that achievement; and why your product will impact your company.----The product roadmap is one of the most essential documents your company creates. It shows what your product aims ...
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“Adam Reads” Reco: “Creating Digital Products & Services at The Guardian”

Nick Haley, Head of UX at Guardian News Media, joined us at ProductTank at the BBC to give us practical examples of how his team is becoming more agile and how digital products are iterated every day with real users, breaking his thoughts down into five core principles. 1 – ...
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The Product Manager vs. the Scrum Master

Scrum masters play a crucial role on product development teams. Scrum is the best-known and most widely-used agile software development framework. So, it is common for software development teams to include a "scrum master" -- someone who keeps the team accountable to business goals and removes productivity roadblocks. --- This ...
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Seth Godin Explains How Taking a Risk Is Actually the Safest Thing to Do These Days

The author, entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker reveals to "Behind the Brand" how your comfort zone and safety zone are two different things. --- This post originally appeared as - Seth Godin Explains How Taking a Risk Is Actually the Safest Thing to Do These Days ...
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Is Agile a Subset of Lean Manufacturing?

If you hang around agilists long enough, someone will mention lean manufacturing, Toyota Production System or Kanban. Since these concepts predate Agile, you might wonder how they relate, and perhaps why lean manufacturing wasn’t directly applied to software (until perhaps recently with Lean/Kanban). You might wonder whether Agile is just a ...
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30 Problems That Affect Software Projects

30 Problems That Affect Software Projects From Estimating Software Costs: Bringing Realism To Estimating, 2nd Edition. Initial requirements are seldom more than 50 percent complete Requirements grow at about 2 percent per calendar month during development About 20 percent of initial requirements are delayed until a second release Finding and ...
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What Is Management in the Context of Agile

« Project Breathalyzer | Main | 30 Problems That Affect Software Projects » April 17, 2016 What Is Management in the Context of Agile There's a meme going around in some parts of agile that management is inhumane. This is an extreme view of course, likely informed by anecdotal experience with ...
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