Transmission Line Noise

Project Man­age­ment — a ques­tion from a friend .….

Thu, Jul 8, 2010

.… the answer

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 £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.