Stumbling Forward

Contrary to what most experts might say, real progress rarely involves smooth, upward curves. Real progress entails most every type of human experience, including stumbling, stopping, stalling, and even giving up.

Yes, even giving up. We're not nearly as clever as we might hope to be when it comes to designing our roadmaps into the future. Success stories are written ex post facto, after the success has been realized. Of course they might hope to explain what one should do beforehand to engineer success, but they would have to have been written beforehand, then result in success, to be credible testimony. Slip over here for more ...

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Plegaria Ediciones (Prayer of the Student)

We're teaching a Mastering Projects Workshop next week in Portland, Oregon. It feels very good to anticipate facilitating another inquiry. Preparation for this includes very little "going over the material," because the most important material will appear about the same time we start the workshop. So, I'm considering my presence more than I am cramming for prescience. I usta cram. Now I calm, if calm is an action.

I'm learning to lean into these experiences.

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Falling Back

I caught myself this morning engaging in an annual ritual: denial. I hate regular time. Perhaps this proves that I'm a man of MY time, but I love daylight savings time. My least favorite day of the year has always been that morning when I'm supposed to set my clock back an hour.

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Think The Big Dig Was A Failure? Think Again!

Think Boston's Big Dig project was a failure? Think again.

Some might be under the mistaken impression that the Big Dig was just a large construction project. It wasn't. Sure, it featured a lot of construction work, much of it stuff that had quite literally never been tried before or never tried on such a scale. But as I've been saying for years and years, the greatest danger in projects, whether they be "construction" projects or "software" projects comes in the label we casually assign to the effort.


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McMethod

Ask a project professional where they live, and the chances are a lot better than even that they won't tell you about their nifty manufactured home. Ask about their project methodology, though, and you'll hear a different story. What's that about?


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