Doing a little bit of fall cleaning I came upon a 1203-page book (yes over 1000+pages) that I had gotten in 2002 in preparation for one of my first government Program Management roles. I distinctly remember getting through the first 200-300 pages with my head spinning. I had already covered “Understanding Project Management,” “Defining Project Success,” and the “Roles of a Project Manager” and more. I hadn’t even really gotten to the meat-and-potatoes of being a good PM.
As my daughter circled me like a vulture looking for things to mess with as I cleaned she took a look at this book, tried to lift it, then literally pushed it aside for a smaller, and less heavy book. Her reaction made me laugh.
She wanted something she could handle… and so do I.
As I look back at my early days in the 90’s as a developer and manager I remember thinking about how daunting multi-million dollar programs were. How do you handle such things? Apparently there are Ph.D’s who write about this stuff.
But why was the entry fee so expensive and heavy? Back then, I didn’t know what the world had yet to offer (Agile).
Traditional PM processes and methods are super valuable. Agile isn’t here to change all of that per se… but rather add and re-contextualize those learnings and experiences to something a bit more flexible and adaptable.
“The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn” – Alvin Toffler
As I say in my classes, “I’m not here to have you unlearn your previous experiences…but rather learn, and contextualize your experiences and how to apply Agile to your environment and culture.”
Now, I do, however want to ask the blogsphere: “Is there anyone that wants this almost 100% perfect condition book?” If you send me shipping cost, I’ll send it to you!!! 🙂