Are You Managing Checklists or Projects?

ChecklistThe post Energy and focus by Craig Brown on the Better Projects site asks, what if we spent more energy on outcomes, benefits and learning instead of focusing on controlling plans, business cases, schedules and budgets.

This, intended or not, is a call to end CYA project management and start managing projects to deliver outcomes and benefits. The plans, business cases, schedules and budgets are supposed to be about delivering outcomes and benefits.

The Agile Manifesto is a similar reaction to the time spent on controlling the project:

“We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.”
Are you focusing on recording there is an issue or working at getting the issue resolved?

 

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