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fortunately i rarely have to use it and eased myself back to humble programmer and let other people take the heat.
1) I do like the loosely applied agile methodology of the partitioning and the burn down etc. and the backlog but i suspect that is to pragmatic for many people.
2) MS project or in the macworld omni’s pm are the pretty standard GANNT type planning. my problem with Gannt is that it was designed and developed for the manufacturing of physical objects and refined to allow for BOM (bill of materials) and Just in Time. (You know Justin) and really does not fit into software development and delivery. My crude bottom line opinon of GANNT is that it will show you over committed and with less resource that required and insufficient staff and time to deliver, but you knew that all along with wasting time on filling all the boxes.
3) Next on my hate list are Prince type methodologies. These are not designed to deliver projects, they are designed to keep people who couldn’t plan a piss up in a brewery happy because they feel that something really clever and rigorous is being applied and will magically somehow transform chaos into order. It won’t Prince is for bean counters, and people who give expensive Prince courses and charge Â£800 a day because they are Prince qualified. Show me a successful large scale Prince project that delivered under budget and within time scales and i will eat my hat.
Most Prince practitioners have a solution and only need for you tell them what the problems is.
In the end as i say i rather like the agile methodologies, taken with a pinch of salt, some GANNT with the proverbial salt and an inspired project manager who has not had one years experience 10 times but has really cocked up and learnt and can connect with clients and developers to deliver.
But it’s an art not a science.