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About Project Myopia #NoProjects
Consider the well known success troika for projects:
- On schedule delivery
- On budget delivery
- On quality delivery
Think about this list of criteria, can you see identify a problem with these criteria?
This particular project success troika dominates project thinking. But something is missing: value. These “success” criteria do not consider the importance of the value created by the project.
- Listen to Project Myopia
- Project Myopia
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Agile project tension
3. Project problems
- 3.1 Why critique?
- 3.2 Projects exist
4. Defining a project
- 4.1 Developers’ definition
- 4.2 Dictionary definition
- 4.3 PMI definition
- 4.4 PRINCE2 definition
- 4.5 The defining feature
- 4.6 Counter-argument
- 4.7 Definitions of success
- 4.8 In conclusion
5. Diseconomies of scale
- 5.1 Milk is cheaper in large cartons
- 5.2 Evidence of diseconomies
- 5.3 Think diseconomies, think small
- 5.4 Economies of scale thinking prevails
- 5.5 And projects…
- 5.6 Making small decisions
- 5.7 Optimize for small
- 5.8 Kelly’s Laws
- 6. Software isn’t temporary
7. If they use it, it will change
- 7.1 Counter-argument
- 7.2 Conclusion
- 8. False projects
9. The problem with project success
- 9.1 Project assumptions
- 9.2 Goal displacement
10. Multiple projects
- 10.1 A model
- 10.2 Project A
- 10.3 Project B
- 10.4 Interleave A and B
- 10.5 Split the team
- 10.6 Enter Project C
- 10.7 What does this illustrate?
- 10.8 Assumptions
11. Increasing value
- 11.1 Value-seeking
- 11.2 Reducing risk
12. Debt thinking
- 12.1 Debt is good
- 12.2 Why pay back debt?
- 12.3 Payday loans
- 12.4 Technical liabilities
13. The quality problem
- 13.1 Rethinking the quality tradeoff
- 13.2 The cost of poor quality
- 13.3 Who pays?
- 13.4 External costs
- 13.5 There’s no such thing as quick and dirty
14. Programmes not projects
- 14.1 What does a Programme Manager do?
- 14.2 The Programme Management Office
- 14.3 So what is a programme?
15. Personal changes
- 15.1 Stop saying “project”
- 15.2 Collections of small things
- 15.3 Public success criteria
- 15.4 Value estimates
- 15.5 More than agile
- 15.6 Stronger together
- 15.7 Continuous Digital
- Continuous Digital
- Evolution of a meme
About the author
- Also by Allan Kelly
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