Adam On: Projects - Volume 1
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Adam On: Projects - Volume 1

50+ Axioms on the Art and Science of Managing Projects of All Types: Adaptive, Predictive and Organic

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Unveiling a wealth of practical insights, "Adam On Projects" (or, "Adam's Axioms") is an essential guide for project managers navigating the complex world of software development and systems integration. Drawing from decades of hands-on experience, Adam Russell shares over 50 axioms that distil the core principles of project management into easily digestible, actionable nuggets of wisdom.

This unique collection transcends traditional methodologies, offering universal rules, heuristics, and opinions applicable to every project lifecycle model. While these axioms are born from Adam's personal experience and convictions, they provide invaluable guidance that can be adapted and applied to your own projects.

Designed with real-world challenges in mind, each axiom is keyword tagged and organized into categories like "On Vendors," allowing project managers to access relevant advice when faced with unfamiliar situations quickly. Comprehensive indexes sort axioms by category and tag, ensuring you can effortlessly pinpoint the insights you need to overcome obstacles and achieve project success.

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or an aspiring project manager, "Adam's Axioms" is an indispensable resource that will empower you to tackle projects with confidence, informed by the wisdom of a true industry expert.

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Adam Russell
Adam Russell

Adam writes about project management on his blog “Adam On Projects” and in his books and other content at He is also an expert in applying ChatGPT to project environments and has written several books on ChatGPT.

Adam coaches and mentors other project managers, and consults on various projects around the world.

Adam Russell has successfully delivered software development, software package, and systems integration projects for nearly 40 years, using both Agile and traditional approaches.

Adam started as a software developer, and then moved into pre-sales technical support when the IBM PC launched. He launched his project management career after he helped to close a significant government deal. The head of projects said: “You helped sell it. Now, you can deliver it”.

Since then, Adam has worked for companies ranging from 1-person startups to global tier-1 vendors and customer organisations in roles ranging from hands-on project manager through to General Manager of Systems Integration.

In those roles, Adam has been responsible for delivering hundreds of projects, ranging in budget from $5k up to over $100m. Adam also volunteers his time and skills with non-profit organisations.

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Table of Contents

    • Getting Engaged with this Book and its Author
    • Notes about this version
    • Introduction
    • How to Read This Book
    • On Project Success
      • # 1. The source of project success.
      • # 2. Successful projects? We’ve got both kinds!
      • # 3. Why do projects fail?
      • # 4. If you want your project to succeed, move your ass!
    • On Projects and Project Management
      • # 5. The power of the dog.
      • # 6. What is a project?
      • # 7. Be the right kind of project manager.
      • # 8. Practice Minimal Responsible Intervention.
      • # 9. The last resort custodian.
      • # 10. Shut the fuck up and listen!
      • # 11. The critical skill for a Project Manager.
      • # 12. Be a Gowachin Project Manager
      • # 13. Projects are everywhere!
    • On Agency
      • # 14. Proceed until apprehended!
      • # 15. First Action! Then see what happens.
      • # 16. Every project has its own natural cadence.
      • # 17. There are two contrary forces in the world!
    • On Enablement
      • # 18. Do you have a system-based objective?
      • # 19. Understanding the cost of delay.
      • # 20. Always be looking for the $1.95 solution.
    • On Evolution
      • # 21. Everything in every project evolves!
      • # 22. Is there purpose in your iteration?
    • On Abundance
      • # 23. Abundance is the soul of your project.
      • # 24. A project is a bridge.
      • # 25. The Long Corridor.
    • On Agile
      • # 26. Just because you want to do agile doesn’t mean you can.
      • # 27. The triple helix of Agile evolution.
      • # 28. The saddest oxymoron of the 21st century.
    • On Requirements
      • # 29. Do your customers’ answers confuse you?
      • # 30. When tech folks talk to business folks what language do they speak?
      • # 31. Non-functional requirements are a secret weapon.
      • # 32. A false separation.
    • On Software Packages
      • # 33. Why did you buy that software package?
      • # 34. If you can't define the enabled behaviour.
    • On Project Debt
      • # 35. Where did you borrow your TechDebt?
      • # 36. The root cause of technical debt.
      • # 37. There’s a bigger problem in your project than TechDebt!
    • On Assumptions
      • # 38. Use assumptions to plug any hole in your planning.
      • # 39. Supporting the bridge to an unknown future.
      • # 40. Assumptions have Boxian qualities.
    • On Planning
      • # 41. To plan is to be human.
      • # 42. Keep planning until you start making shit up.
      • # 43. That unforeseen crisis your project is having?
      • # 44. Planning is linear, but execution is non-linear.
      • # 45. The false foundation for detailed forecasts.
    • On Teams
      • # 46. A project is a lifeboat.
      • # 47. How do teams self-organise?
      • # 48. Stop rolling around in broken glass!
      • # 49. Project teaming happens quickly or not at all.
      • # 50. Every human action has a reason behind it.
      • # 51. Actual activity vs displacement activity.
      • # 52. Business people make lousy solutions architects.
      • # 53. Beware the one-person “team”!
      • # 54. When your project team complains.
      • # 55. What expectations does your team set for themselves?
      • # 56. Invest in alignment!
    • On Risk
      • # 57. It’s great to be the first penguin off the ice!
      • # 58. Everyone is fine with your risk management plan.
      • # 59. Why should every project succeed?
      • # 60. Happy with your stand-alone risk management process?
      • # 61. The most common project WOFTAM.
      • # 62. You need to manage Rissues organically.
    • More from Adam Russell
    • About the Author
      • Career Summary
      • A Career by Numbers
    • Copyright

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