Agile development is the opposite of Fagan type process inspection, is this a phenomenon or another short lived fad

  Programming is the discipline of talking pure logic to a machine that will unfortunately take everything you say literally and act upon it. Process, is continuum of actions or mini processes that have inputs and outputs is repeatable. The programme is a process and the programming too is a process.  It is therefore not … Read more

Is project management different from management?

Well actually it isn’t in my view. I believe that the “management “, is assumed. If you look back to the origins of project management you will see why I say this. Project management was introduced into organisations to handle a particular set of problems surrounding business change. The crux of the problem is that … Read more

Four foundations of change management.

1. The organisation and the individuals that comprise it are different issues 2. Changing attitudes is achieved one by one, changed behaviour is a group activity 3. The change agent is not leading or driving but acting as a catalyst and facilitator 4. The change agent and his peers must be united in rationale and … Read more

Why you still need business analysts and change managers when you do agile.

The first reaction to the theory of agile is to think something like, ”great, now we don’t to pay business analysts and change manager”. It is logical without a doubt. You are not going to interview stakeholders, try to merge all the information, improve the waste and perfect a new process or design like we … Read more

Interview with Gabriel Stenhardt of BlackBlot Product Management

I’ve known Gabriel for a few years now and worked with his PMTK toolkit and I was keen to interview him for the benefit of the many people who still misunderstand the Product management Profession.  I wont bore you with the “Good morning, how is your day” stuff and I won’t wait till the end to express my … Read more

Low cost, Low stress Customer focus-Here’s how

I know that some of my readers are from a technical audience and others are from business, so it is always a struggle to pitch the language right. I have decided to write a mixture of blogs in both styles so that we can talk about the same subjects from different viewpoints. Last week, I … Read more

Tim Berners Lee is on the money yet again.

There’s been some hype going around that the internet volumes are beginning to clog it’s arteries and that there are issues ahead. TBL reacted to this by saying something to the effect that; the internet is not at risk form volume of information but volume of misinformation. Let’s just think about that. There was a … Read more

Agile software development, why every business ahould know about it

The name conjures up interesting images that appeal to most directors and senior managers, but when it is all discussed in the open and fully understood, the enthusiasm sometimes evaporates to a whispered yes. Why should this be? Well I know of a number of reasons: 1. Agile done badly dispenses with change control, from … Read more

Risk management, please not another session like that one, ever.

I just survived one of those mind numbing risk management sessions at a project board meeting. As PM, I was expecting to handle this myself, but this particular project executive was determined to do it his way. We’d just sat through nearly two hours of meandering discussion when it was announced. Last item (not even … Read more

Planning and comunication is the root of management stress

How long will it take? Let’s start with scheduling. How long do you think it takes your average employee to handle email, chat to his/her colleagues, dip out for cigarettes, have lunch, wind up in the morning and wind down at night? 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours? Are you sure you want … Read more

Management is about common sense, methodology is just a reminder

p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;”>“So you don’t know what you want and you’ll be upset if you don’t get it. OK I’ll do my best?” Where to sir? Every journey begins with a vision of where the destination is. Sometimes you just have a good idea and expect to do a little exploration along … Read more

Product or Internal System why it is important to make a distinction

When do you need a BA and when do you need a Product manager? why is it critical to get it right? Whenever I write about anything connected to product development or systems implementation, I am acutely aware of the amount of critically important stuff that I have to gloss over or ignore in order … Read more