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Should the PMO go away?

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When I go in to do large scale transformations I’m invariably asked the question, “should the PMO go away?’  The reasoning is that going agile should get rid of all of the oversight, the Gantt Charts, the weekly status meetings, release scheduling.  The list goes on. Before I address the question I want to give […]

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Where there is a will

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Where there’s a will… Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton were recently named among 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in honor of their contributions to the advancement of computer technology. Their names are well known among software professionals, even if not as familiar to the general public. Hopper was fascinated by gadgets, and when she […]

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The Break-Up

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True Story. It was a painful breakup. I thought things were going fine, but “it’s not you” she said “it’s me”…. and just like that, our relationship was over. I really didn’t see it coming. We have been working together for a long time now. Really? Really, I said. You no longer need QA? She […]

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Yoga and Agility

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My wife dragged me off to do yoga this morning and I’m glad she did. The instructor really got me thinking with some of her instruction. She had a theme today around how yoga is not the poses or the positions or even the movements, but rather a state of mind. She repeatedly pressed us […]

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Modular, Over Monolithic

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There is a natural tension between the predictability an organization needs in order to plan and budget and the adaptability it also needs to accommodate for change and the unknowns. At the outset of a new project, especially if it is using new technologies, there can be an order of magnitude difference between how long […]

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