Posts by Kevin Lonergan

Why Scrum (alone) does not work

Why Scrum (alone) does not work, and, what will work much better: The purpose of this post is to describe the shortcomings of Scrum and then later we describe what would work much better, while still using incremental product development. In particular, in the second part it focuses on how to move well beyond the slogan…

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Why Agile will never be a project management framework

This is not a Waterfall-versus-Agile discussion: This post is not about Waterfall-v-Agile.  It is much wider than that. Waterfall is a very specific and rarely used software development life-cycle, in its pure sense.  This post is about the realities of projects in business, regardless of how unpalatable those realities may be sometimes, and what the…

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Effective project sponsorship: key role on projects

What makes a great Project Sponsor? Having an effective project sponsor can be a very key role in a successful project. However, just nominating someone, even the right person, does not always work out as we hope.  We will discuss this later in this post. So what is the role and responsibility of a Sponsor? In…

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Product Owner: the things they often don’t mention

Being a Product Owner: the things that are rarely mentioned Having an effective Product Owner (PO) on software development projects is a hugely useful and important role, whether using Agile or other methods.  The way the PO is described, especially by many promoting some Agile methods, is ambitious.  In many circumstances, it may not even be…

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Why it’s a mistake to assume anyone can manage a project:

Why it’s a huge mistake to assume anyone can manage a project: Most people don’t plan to go into project management.  They find themselves in the role through one way or anther.  It’s also common that when people first attempt the role, they have little if any preparation or real support, with something that can…

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Why many Agile projects still need project managers:

The good things in Agile: Firstly let me say, I am a huge fan of the good that Agile can bring, through some of the practices that it encourages (e.g. collaboration, transparency etc). Like all “new” ideas though, there are some whose interpretation goes beyond the bounds of what is good.  There are also some…

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Time for a grown up debate: Methods and Scrum

Time for honesty I have been writing recently on the alarming trends around PM ‘methods’, including the latest edition of the Scrum Guide, which was updated in 2017. There are many people and groups developing and publishing methods, guides and standards etc. and we have to hope they are being written for the good of…

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Why the current focus on methodologies is totally wrong:

There are large numbers of online discussions and posts promoting one project management or product development “method” over another.  As a career-long project management practitioner who has seen everything from excellent practice to appalling attempts at managing projects, I feel this is very wrong, damaging and totally the wrong debate. Where does all this ‘methodology’…

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Issue with Certification Training

The huge issue with certification training: Is that it’s like mixing oil with water There has been an enormous growth in certification and related training courses (e.g. PMP) in recent years. Firstly, there is nothing inherently wrong with certification itself. However, there is a world of difference between certification ‘training’ and courses that teach real…

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Managing home improvement projects – lessons learned

Managing a major home improvement project – lessons learned from real projects Many of us get involved at least once in a major home improvement project.   Some turn out fine but sadly too many go very badly wrong, sometimes disastrously. The majority that go wrong do so for common reasons. If you follow all of…

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