Implement EXPILCIT Governance

While speaking at the Dr. Dobbs’ Architect and Design World conference last week Scott Ambler said “Like it or not you are governed!”  Genius in its directness and simplicity and extremely relevant for recovery projects. Many a challenged project struggles against the unstated and frequently invisible reins of governance.  Traditional definitions of governance speak to…

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Project Recovery MUST beat the odds

Predictions of failure rule the industry.  Any number of organizations and people look at trends and willingly, no gleefully, declare why projects will fail and, in general, I agree.  Lets face it, most projects aren’t paid on delivery.  Nope, it’s by the hour … seems like a conflict of interest to me.  Once a project…

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We can make the choices others can’t

Me: Why would you do that? Them: You just don’t understand Me: Help me understand, what could have possibly driven you away from the <fill in obviously right thing> and to do <fill in obviously wrong thing> Them: Well, it’s complicated.  There are other groups, and schedules, and my boss said, and … Me: Let’s…

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It’s not about you

Software development is a world full of individual accomplishment and competition.  It shouldn’t be.  Great software comes from great teams.  No one person is responsible and no one is irreplaceable.  As the industry matures we, as individuals, must also mature.  In short, it’s just not about you it’s about the successful creation and delivery of…

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So you want to do project recovery?

I am seeing a gathering wave of players in the project recovery market.  I have stumbled across a half dozen new companies specializing in it.  I have been told about a few management conferences where recovery is being discussed and have certainly been speaking at increasingly diverse conferences on the topic.  I was even asked…

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&quot;You just don’t understand ….&quot;

I find it interesting that every project, well nearly every project, I am asked to recover begins the same way.  I go on-site to watch and listen.  I see conflict and chaos masquerading as progress.  I hear discussions of challenges but no admittance of trouble.  And inevitably, when I begin to talk to the leads,…

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Don’t bring a well known solution to an unknown problem

Are you a SCRUM Master?  A PMI certified Program Manager?  Do you have a quick reference card for for the Microsoft Solution Framework in your wallet?  How many prescriptive methodologies do you know?   More importantly, have you been repeatedly successful with one particular methodology? I have no research to back it up, but I believe…

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Staying out of trouble beats getting out of trouble

People routinely ask me why I focus on recovery instead of prevention.  Its true, projects would be far better off avoiding me and my services.  That said, the sun will rise tomorrow and projects will falter and fail.  Knowing that I will always have customers I will share a few things that any project can…

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Dealing with uncertainty

Once a project goes far enough off the rails to need recovery it is a good bet that the people involved are making decisions based on fear, uncertainty, and doubt (affectionately referred to as F.U.D) instead of reason, experience, and logic (R.E.a.L.).  Fear and Doubt are emotional responses and while careful handling and good soft…

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Build Completely, Test Completely, Deploy Completely

There seems to be no clearer sign of a maturing project than the ability to build/test/deploy daily.  The daily build is as close to a universal cure as any process change I can bring to a troubled project.  It helps developers by providing a trusted method for integration testing.  It helps ensure the solution is…

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