Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Art of Project Management

I just got wind of this book, The Art of Project Management and have to say that the sample chapters, Chapter 3: How to figure out what to do and Chapter 13: How to make things happen look excellent.

If you're a software guy and want to get into the mythical world of project management for fun and profit, read that Chapter 13 and internalize the fact that it's all about the priorities.. I discovered the prioritized list several years ago as a by-product of practicing Extreme Programming. The central tenant to all of my software project planning efforts has become the big visible chart that shows the group's priorities.

A few laws go along with this. "If it's not on the list, it ain't going to get done." "If it's at the bottom of the list, it probably ain't going to get done." "If it's at the top of the list, it's what you should be working on right now.."

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