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Willem Hoek on Apr 30, 2018

Projects have limited resources (people, money and time) and major risks (due to uncertainty) and you need an approach to deal with all of it. A projects methodology is never purely Waterfall or Agile or some other methodology but normally a mix to suit the organisation. That is OK - as long as you know the background and limitations of method used. Example:

Shortlist of absolute minimum knowledge required by a Project/Team Lead (which can be acquired in a weekend):

Like a story, every project has a Beginning, Middle and End.
The basic project stages and some of the key deliverables (loosely based on PMBOK and PRINCE2) are:

  1. Pre-project (Feasibility)
    • Project mandate (could even be a 1 pager or just an email)
    • Agreement on people required to initiate a project
    • Define product description/scope (see Working Backwards (3)
  2. Project Initiation (Planning)
    • Define key decision makers (project board, steering group)
    • Assign project team
    • Approve budget / Business case (even if at very high level)
    • Project Roadmap / Plan (keep high level and identify uncertainties and how to cope with it)
    • Clarify work practices, project communication, governance, tools to use
  3. Delivery: Design and Build (Execution)
    • Track work packages, Daily Scrum
    • Stage/Sprint - planning, review, product demos
    • Unit testing and User Acceptance testing (UAT)
  4. Final delivery (Closing)
    • Post go-live support (PGLS) or Hyper-care
    • Handover to support organisation
    • Continuous improvement

What rarely works

What mostly works


(1) Lean Enterprise: How High-Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale
Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O’Reilly
This book is a must read! A 110p excerpt is available from publisher website.

(2) Main stages of a project (Prince2)

(3) Working Backwards by Werner Vogels - 2006

(4) The Scrum Guide
Available for download on site below. About 19 page - So, no excuse not to read this!



(7) Challenges in the Transition from Waterfall to Scrum

(8) Project management triangle

(9) Lean enterprise

(10) Water-Scrum-Fall Is The Reality Of Agile For Most Organizations Today, Forrester - 2011

(11) Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)