Adam On: Projects - Volume 2
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Adam On: Projects - Volume 2

Another 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 (Volume 2)" (or, "Adam's Axioms (Volume 2)") is another guide for project managers navigating the complex world of software development and systems integration. Drawing from decades of hands-on experience, Adam Russell shares an additional 50+ axioms that distil the core principles of project management into easily digestible, actionable nuggets of wisdom.

An extension of a unique collection that 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 you can adapt and apply to your own projects.

This volume extends the unique collection established with Volume 1 and offers more 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 adapt and apply 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.

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or an aspiring project manager, "Adam's Axioms" is an indispensable resource that will empower you to confidently tackle projects, 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 to Volume 2
    • Introduction to Volume 1
    • On Execution
      • # 63. Realisation of a Shared Vision
      • # 64. Sequential is not a dirty word!
      • # 65. Do people care how you do things?
      • # 66. Don't assign tasks and actions.
      • # 67. The organisational tax on excellence
      • # 68. Why do "cargo cult" projects still happen?
      • # 69. Keep working the edge!
      • # 70. The last thing any project needs in a crisis is a new idea.
      • # 71. Fred Brooks was 100% correct in 1975—now, I’m not sure.
      • # 72. When people add toolsets to a project.
      • # 73. Last Responsible moment.
      • # 74. Creativity is not about thinking outside the box.
      • # 75. Do the needful in your project, and not much more.
    • On Budgeting and Estimation
      • # 76. Get your money fights in early.
      • # 77. Budget padding is an art.
    • On Communication
      • # 78. Project knowledge—we’ve got both kinds!
      • # 79. Never interact without an artifact!
      • # 80. There are no bad documents.
      • # 81. There are only two kinds of project documents.
      • # 82. Meeting waste on communications is constant.
      • # 83. Never believe your project bullshit!
      • # 84. "TL;DR" just doesn't cut it!
      • # 85. Never make an animated version of your product!
    • On Value
      • # 86. Projects do not “deliver value”.
    • On Process and Tools
      • # 87. A project doesn’t need a XXXX Process.
      • # 88. The evils of premature optimisation impact projects too.
      • # 89. WBSs are not what you think they are.
      • # 90. Change your thinking about deliverables!
      • # 91. Forget all about the S-Curve!
    • On Resourcing
      • # 92. What are your hiring criteria?
      • # 93. Usually, it’s easier to manage the vacancy.
      • # 94. The scarcest project resource.
      • # 95. The worst-performing investment.
    • On Methodology
      • # 96. The methodology paradox.
      • # 97. What if there never was a “Waterfall”?
      • # 98. A methodology is one big lump!
      • # 99. The mark of an incompetent PM.
    • On Vendors and Procurement
      • # 100. The secret to managing vendor negotiations.
      • # 101. Do you think your vendor's interests and yours are aligned?
      • # 102. Vendor alignment and quality reference test.
      • # 103. Sometimes, your vendor has your balls in the bank.
      • # 104. That partnership your vendor keeps mentioning?
      • # 105. How does your vendor spell “Global Support”?
      • # 106. SLAs are supposed to define acceptable behaviour.
    • On Change
      • # 107. What is the primary source of change in a project?
      • # 108. Just because agile welcomes change.
      • # 109. Change and Mr Creosote.
    • On Management
      • # 110. Are you still using "Work" to plan or manage projects?
      • # 111. You fell in love with the project, didn’t you?
      • # 112. A nasty little aphorism that misleads.
      • # 113. What is your approach to documentation?
    • On Context
      • # 114. Dematerialisation is eating your project!
    • On Deadlines
      • # 115. When you’re approaching a deadline.
      • # 116. What's wrong with having Deadlines?
      • # 117. The kind of project you never sign up for.
    • On Motivation
      • # 118. There are only two reasons people follow a rule.
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