Favourite reading on agile project management

I thought I would just put up a quick post to point people to my favourite reading on agile and related project management topics.

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Is reactive planning a good approach to running projects? Or is waterfall a better approach?

I often tell my wife that I am a lucky project manager – that I can often just let things play out let them come together.  My wife claims it is not project management at all if there is no planning and no management.  She is right of course, but there is such a thing as “reactive project management” which pushes the boundaries a little. Reactive project management means starting the project with a rough idea of what to do but no clear plan.  Then you form a plan as events unfold. This is a common approach in television shows where … Continue reading Is reactive planning a good approach to running projects? Or is waterfall a better approach?

Is bureaucratic project management a good idea? Or is agile better?

Is bureacratic project management a valid way to run projects? Yes – rarely but sometimes this is a good approach. Generally though, bureacracy is bad and using agile approaches is better. So that was a short article 🙂  But if you have time for a biased and semi-accurate history or bureacratic project management then read on.  This is a long article though so grab a tea or coffee and sit down comfortably while you read it (or skip to the next article).  Otherwise feel free to click on this link to see a shorter article on agile versus waterfall: https://kingsinsight.com/2010/10/03/is-agile-better-than-waterfall/ Bureacratic project management … Continue reading Is bureaucratic project management a good idea? Or is agile better?

Is agile better than waterfall?

Many IT teams are moving from “waterfall to agile based approaches” in their projects. So clearly a lot of people think that agile approaches are better than waterfall approaches.  But are they really?  And if they are then how are they better? One argument I often hear in favour of agile approaches is this one: Is there any point in having a 100 page requirements document that nobody reads? No? Then waterfall is stupid and we need to use agile. I often start with this statement when running project management courses because it is a great way to start a … Continue reading Is agile better than waterfall?