During Project Recovery don’t expect to educate anyone

Let me propose the 1st Law of Project recovery; Projects are recovered by doing things well, not teaching anyone how to do things. I am a full time consultant.  As a matter of fact I can claim to be a professional consult given that I am paid to consult.  As a professional I understand the primary…

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On every Recovery Project Someone Must Die

OK, First … ITS A METAPHOR … so no flames about me really taking a life … That said; If you have me knocking at your projects door something has gone terribly terribly wrong.  Things are so bad that the only thing worse than seeing me is total failure.  Usually I have been called after…

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What does it mean to be Agile?

There is a pretty lively debate going around agile circles.  It started with a simple question … what does it mean when people say a project is or is not Agile?  My response is a simple one; Agile isn’t something you are or something you do. Agile is a way of behaving. It’s not doing prescriptive…

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All is forgiven on delivery

To my customers I beg your forgiveness.  I know I am hard to deal with.  I am demanding, unrelenting, and all too often I break most if not all of the rules as you knew them.  But that’s not really important.  What is important is delivery.  Getting out tools to help real people do their…

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Software Project Recovery is predictable

I often hear Agile and Project Recovery demeaned by those practicing more “formal” methodologies as unpredictable.  Predictability is absolutely necessary to manage a project of any real size.  Key indicators such as earned values cost and schedule variance measures tend to be variance from a well-known and largely linear baseline.  The key point here is…

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Is Recovery a dirty word?

I have a serious marketing problem.  It seems Recovery for a project is a dirty word.  You see, needing to recover a project implies the project has failed.  No one really wants to admit they have failed… at least not on their project.  We, as an industry, admit that failure is rampant.  As long as…

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