As we start (maybe) to come out of the COVID-19 lockdown, many workers will slowly start to move from a remote role to one located in a central office.

And as they do this, they will continue the discussion that has been going on since early this year — which is more productive; office or remote?

I’m not going to go into all of the factors that affect this decision. There are quite a few. Instead I am going to focus on just one aspect.

Types of Work

Most people perform two very different types of work; namely things that…

I am a compulsive article reader.

If your article’s title seems to indicate it would help me (and goodness knows I need help), I will check it out.

And because I read so many articles I am this close (imagine two middle fingers held very close together) to not reading anything at all except for the Lord of the Rings, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and some of the novels of Alan E. Nourse.

Because it always seems like reading articles is like wading thru oatmeal

Every article starts out with the writer explaining why he wrote this. I hate myself for…

There are a lot of things wrong with the IT world today. Yeah, pal, the line forms to the right.

But today I only want to deal with one — the hurry, hurry, hurry approach to IT.

‘Hurry’, of course, is business’s middle name, along with ‘Quarter’. Everything has to be done quickly, in a hurry, so that we can meet the quarterly deadlines and have our shipments/financials/whatever look good for the quarter.

But while there is nothing wrong with working quickly and efficiently, there is something wrong with just working quickly. …

In the last two articles we started looking at Scrum; What Scrum Isn’t, and The Essence of Scrum.

So what is next? Obviously, ‘Scrum According to Me’, my take on what is really important and what isn’t.

Scrum Masters vs Project Managers

And the first thing I need to talk about is the role of the Project Manager.

As you probably know, the Gods of Scrum do not provide a place for the Project Manager. At the same time, they do not provide for the Scrum Master to do the PM’s job (tracking what has happened, developing staffing plans, budgets…

By ‘you’, I don’t mean you personally. If you have personal problems with Agile then this article won’t help you. By ‘you’, I mean ‘your organization’.

To many people, the idea of Agile not working for the particular environment doesn’t make any sense. Isn’t it already proven that Agile will reduce your project time by a ridiculous amount, make you more efficient, reduce bugs and other software issues, and promote clean healthy skin and a full, rich head of hair.

And so company after company starts down the Agile road. Unfortunately, things don’t always go the way they expect them…

If you read much project management stuff today, you might think it’s evil to use Waterfall.

Everyone’s using Agile and Scrum, right?

But like it or not, it’s a fact that despite the hype — most project management done today is done Waterfall, not Agile. Some people call what they are doing Agile but that doesn’t make a cow a horse. So whether it’s good or not, lots of people are using Waterfall. Maybe you’re one of them. Question is — are you doomed?

Let’s start by figuring out if you are Waterfall or Agile. And to answer that, I…

Scrum is not rocket science. It is not new. And it is not particularly exciting or revolutionary.

It is simply some very good practices that should already have been a standard part of any Project Management process (I refuse to use the word methodology because they are almost always evil). In a previous article, we looked at what Scrum wasn’t.

And, as I suggested in that article, check out Willam-Jan Ageling’s serieson Scrum in Medium. Good references.

But for us, I want to move forward and begin to talk about what Scrum is. …

For reasons completely unrelated to William-Jan Ageling’s series on Scrum, I have decided to write one myself. Three articles. But please look at William-Jan’s. He has more Scrum experience than I have and has some really great things to say. But I want to have my say also.

It seems that today, every new (and Scrum is not new) buzzword that comes along is looked upon as the savior that will finally let us do projects on time and on budget. …

It seems that every time a company considers using Project Management, they always start out at the same place; what methodology should we use?

Unfortunately, this is the worst place to begin your adoption of PM techniques. But I’m not going to focus on that.

Why? Because some battles you just can’t win and the idea that a methodology is so central to successful project management is so pervasive and widespread that attacking is like attacking apple pie, and I am the last person who would attack Apple Pie. Especially with a thick slice of cheese or warmed up and…

It’s a popular urban myth. “This is only a small project, we don’t need a project manager”.

Understandable perhaps. It is easy to think that small things don’t need as much attention as large things.

The problem is, you do a lot of small things, and if there are problems with a lot of them, that can have a major impact on your company.

Of course, you are thinking, he would say that. He’s a Project Manager. That’s how they all think. But, no, that is not the case. I always have my client’s best interest at heart. …

David Shirey

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