schedule games

Schedule Game #11: The Schedule Tool is Always Right

  You’ve probably gathered by now that I’m not enamored of project scheduling tools. And since I most often do rolling wave planning, I don’t normally need a scheduling tool. But, here’s another true story. I was coaching a PM in an organization where the execs only understood the waterfall lifecycle. They thought iterating was …

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Schedule Game #7: Schedule Dream Time or Happy Date

  Sometimes, I work with organizations where there’s an implicit agreement not to discuss the schedule. I’ve seen this in two flavors: the first is Dream Time, where the project team and management believe the schedule, especially if it’s in a scheduling tool with lots of graphs and different colored lines. The other is Happy …

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Schedule Game #6: Sweep Under the Rug

  A few years ago, I received a call to help out a project in trouble. Unsurprisingly, when I was reviewing what had been done and what still left to do, the PM explained there were many half-implemented features. (The team had not been implementing by feature, but instead by architecture. Each architecture group had …

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