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Overcoming the dysfunctions of IT project management

I've had fun on twitter since I tweeted The 20 dysfunctions of IT Project Management and said that it comes from my presentation "Project Management is the worst thing ever to happen to IT".

The oxymoron of agile project management

Talk of "agile project management" is just lipstick on a pig. Project management is the worst thing thatever happened to IT. It's time for it to back out quietly.

CIO magazine - who ought to know better - came up with this bizarre statement:

Mincing money: the boundary between Agile and project funding

There is a boundary problem where the "Product not Project" structure of standing teams and streams of work meets the Project/business-case structure of programme/portfolio management and financial governance.

At that boundary, management needs to create white space to stop the two models clashing, and to mince up the money, turning big project gobs into steady team streams.

Ten agile principles that screw up conventional project management

I've been blogging about how we need to shed traditional project management ways of working.

Here are ten Agile principles that sit badly with conventional project management methodology:
1. no known defects, prioritise defects over new
2. product not project
3. bring the work to the teams, stop disbanding and reforming teams

Project management was the worst thing that ever happened to IT

When we impose fixed time, money, and deliverables, which is the classic project management formula, then the only variable available to a project manager is the quality of the outputs.

A project is a wave in a product structure

If you build your organisation out of projects you are building out of blocks that evaporate. A project is a transitory phenomenon, not a structural component. You probably know of one or more organisations whose BAU is whatever was left when the projects vanished. Building a business out of projects' droppings is a bad idea.

IT projects go away? #NoProjects

OK so IT project management won't go away entirely but it ceases to be the basis of our work.

Service Portfolio Management is more important than programme or project portfolio

There is a wonderful insight in ITIL that is seldom noticed and even less often understood

It is Service Portfolio Management (SPM).

The Chicken ITles are at work on IT project success rates

Did you know Standish Chaos reports ("70% of IT projects fail") have been well discredited? No? Stop using the numbers. We're bad at IT projects but we're not that bad. And considering what we're up against, perhaps we're not that bad at all.

IT project portfolios are bursting while BAU crumbles!

Perhaps it is just New Zealand, but I'm seeing a pattern amongst a majority of clients where IT operations business as usual (BAU) is crumbling under the load of project work.

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