Deck the halls …

Originally published in Computerworld.

This time of year is loaded with resolutions, predictions, and anticipation of great things to come. In that vein, let's celebrate the New Year with how a project manager might fit new words to an old tune.

‘Tis the season to be humble
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

You're a new PM and don't want to fumble
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Plan your way and work the plan
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

You'll succeed as no one can
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

First you charter with your team
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Choose a life cycle that fits — maybe extreme
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Develop estimates to avoid the pits
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Being a PM is not all glitz
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Now you schedule with yellow stickies
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

You've got a real plan, not just a quickie
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

You manage risks as you go
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

You discover progress in your one-on-ones you know
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Measure the work from your plan
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Your release criteria helps you out of a jam
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Before you know it, the project is over
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

It's time for a retrospective now that you're in the clover
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Copyright 2004 Johanna Rothman

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