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Love it Glen. How do you square the first and forth points regarding requirements though? I could see if the first point was just about not doing a thorough job of defining requirements at all.
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One of my teams and I have been doing something similar for about a year now. We have distinct value streams on our team, a fact we discovered right away when trying to model a single value stream. I don't see or grasp the need to get away from calling them value streams, there are just multiple paths. Our DBA has tasks which are important to the team but do not follow the flow a feature or bug would. Our architect has something similar, and the tasks I do SE/PM also has a different flow. However we also have dependencies between these items - I may need to go get a solid decision from stakeholders before development can proceed, our SA or DBA may need to set up an environment before testing can begin, etc. Josh Nankivel, pmStudent
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I see your point Glen. It's true I focus on helping new and aspiring project managers with their careers, that is my primary focus. I hope that at least some of my posts dig into 'the beef' of managing projects, although I do tend to focus on project estimation when it comes to this. I'm not sure what criteria PMI used...heck, I didn't even know my blog was in there until someone told me. My guess is that it's a list that the author was familiar with. It would be cool though, to have a 'project management blog awards' for different categories, driven by public vote. That might be a good way to be sure new entrants can find the best sources for whatever focus they are looking for. Cheers! -Josh
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2010 on PM Blogs - Where's the Beef? at Herding Cats
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I came across this the other day as well, I love TED and watch the presentations all the time. This short presentation demonstrated many of the values I hold dear as a project leader/facilitator. To me, one of the most important lessons is that leadership happens everywhere, especially in that core group (not individual) that get the ball rolling. -Josh
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2010 on The Power of the First Follower at Bob Sutton
Reminds me of my favorite quote from Zig: "If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time." — Zig Ziglar
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2010 on Quote of the Day at Herding Cats
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Here I have to differ slightly. True, phases are used to organize the WBS at the high-level in many projects, but I think they should not be. It diverts focus off the unique deliverable(s) being produced and in my experience can lead to missed details of scope and risk. For me it's always better to focus solely on the product and deliverables, and get to the temporal aspects later when scheduling comes into play. Josh Nankivel WBS training instructor
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2010 on Creating the WBS III at Project Seminars
I'll add that the 8/80 rule can have valid exceptions, such as in the case of analytical, support, or project management elements. In these cases there are intangible service deliverables or LOE (level of effort) that may break the 8/80 rule in a valid manner. Josh Nankivel WBS training instructor
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2010 on Creating the WBS II at Project Seminars
Absolutely spot-on Joseph! In some cases a gerund is reasonable, although I try to avoid it as well because it can get confused with a function or team. Josh Nankivel WBS training instructor
Great post Glen, I really like the DBP Practice/Process Areas graphic! Josh Nankivel
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2009 on My Six Honest Serving Men ... at Herding Cats
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You can't manage the unknowns...only react to them...even in agile be sure to not load up the sprint backlog so the tasks are 100% of your team's optimistic full capacity. Josh Nankivel
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2009 on Why Project Managers Fail at Evolving Web