Hidden: What’s Beyond Measurement

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About 550-600 million years ago, just prior to the Internet, the earth experienced the Cambrian explosion in which flora and fauna species proliferated. Wild and weird life forms emerged. Then, with a bang, as happened to the dinosaurs, 96% of all those species vanished. It wasn’t the survival of the fittest, but the survival of […]

    Don’t “Control” Agile Projects

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    One common complaints about agile methods is that management doesn’t have the same degree of “control” over projects. We need to stop worrying about this complaint as a vice and start thinking of it as a virtue. When we “control” agile projects we can lose a significant portion of the benefit of agile methods. The […]

      Time after Time (after Time after Time)

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      “Time after Time” goes the song by Cyndi Lauper. Time deadlines have been a pervasive theme in software development projects, and in fact, for all projects. But what time are we really talking about? What defines late? Is time the most important control measure? This post explores four distinctly different “time” perspectives:  planned versus actual, […]

        Determining Business Value

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        The topic of business value is a complex one and it’s easy to get mired in the morass of calculating ROI or in trying to define what intangibles are relevant to your organization. What I will attempt to do in this blog is provide a model for looking at business value focusing on the portfolio […]

          Constraints Drive Innovation

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          On a recent vacation I visited the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. During a tour by the museum director we were looking at a mid-1930′s Santo Domingo Pueblo (New Mexico) necklace. “Interesting about this necklace,” the director said, “are the ‘nots’– not coral, not obsidian (but old melted phonograph records for the black element). […]