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How not to do IT Recruitment

I received an email from a recruiter recently. It has been a while. Back in the days when I badly needed a job, emails from recruitment agencies were mostly of the “sorry, but…” variety. Then when I had a job, … Continue reading

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Change Control under DSDM Atern – using MoSCoW

During a presentation recently, I was asked how an agile project team manages change control. How, the questioner wanted to know, do you deal with new requirements, scope creep and what happens when requirements turn out to be a lot … Continue reading

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Presentations – don’t send material in advance

I recently agreed to give a presentation at a project manager’s forum meeting. Without knowing the date, I completed the presentation and only then discovered that the meeting was on a day when I was away for a few days. … Continue reading

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Laws of Project Management

Here’s a post I wrote back in July 2006. Amazing how little my philosophy has changed since then, despite embracing agile. If you are new to the profession, here’s my top 5 ‘laws’ * If you are not busy, you’re … Continue reading

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Atern Principle 8 – Demonstrate Control

Look at this from an organisational perspective. The portfolio of projects currently underway in your organisation represents a significant investment. Assuming they are following an Agile approach, how do you know that they are being well managed? The project manager … Continue reading

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Achieving through others

It has been said that a project manager’s role is to achieve objectives through the work of others. In the sense that an IT project manager rarely does the analysis, the design, coding or testing him- or herself, that is … Continue reading

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