Urgent versus Important
What is important is seldom urgent,
and what is urgent is
Urgent means that a task requires immediate attention.
Important means tasks are things that contribute to our long-term
mission, values, and goals.
URGENT does not mean IMPORTANT
Manifesto for Agile Software Development
We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and
helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items
on the left more.
This Manifesto can also be seen as an Agile PM Manifesto.
What does this mean for you?
Agile projects can be hard!
Balance to be achieved between
• Control and planning
• Freedom to deliver
So what do you do?
Track outstanding tasks
Track budget separately
Re-assess Risks regularly
Protect the delivery team from distractions.
A common goal
I would say that what we've gotten for a half billion dollars is an
unpronounceable acronym [DIMHRS] (US Defence Secretary Robert
Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end
of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that
moves the organization forward. (Joy Gumz)
Key Project Items
Terms of Engagement – what will we do?
Business Goal – what is the reason the project exists?
Vision – focuses on the ‘end game’
Who is the end user? – make sure they are represented. Legacy system?
Keep high level
Convert to a statement of requirements
Look after your people
In NASA, we never punish error. We only punish the concealment of
error. (Al Siepert)
The best Project Managers are the ones who:
Will protect team members.
Do not expect people to work 70 hours a week. A bad reputation
Will turn a ‘no’ into a not yet, and manage properly
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