Week of Deadly Sins
Deadly Sins Week is from January18th to January 22th, 2021. In this week’s adviceblogs, Jim Crear presents the 5 Deadly Sins of project management and suggestions on how to deal with them. We have added our reflections on how Infinite Flow reduces or eliminates them without restoring to the time consuming and costly efforts that Jim presents. Remember Infinite Flow is anti-project therefore anti-sin method of developing software. Here is the line-up of the Deadly Sins adviceblogs:
Overcome overambition: overambition is a strong desire to execute a significant project to gain fame, fortune, or power through the impact of overreaching goals.
Isolate abstinence: Abstinence in the context of project management, is the act or practice of refraining from participation and contribution to the project.
Dealing with arrogance: arrogance is the unwarranted, overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward superiors, peers, and subordinates.
Conquer ignorance: Ignorance is the condition of being unaware, uninformed, uneducated, and/or unsuspecting about the project and stakeholder goals, directions, details, issues, and opportunities.
Combat fraudulence: Fraudulence is an action intended to deceive; it is deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage, or more commonly to avoid confrontation.
January Book Review Week
Henny Portman is our reviewer for the January Book Week 1-11 to 1-15-2021. Henny is reviewing these five books:
Engaging stakeholders on projects – How to harness people power by Elizabeth Harrin
Agile Conversations – Transform Your Conversations, Transform your Culture by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick
Agile transformation – Structures, processes and mindsets for the digital age by Neil Perkin
People Over Process – Leadership for Agility by Michael K. Levine
Team Topologies – Organizing business and technology teams for fast flow Matthew Skelton and Manuel Pais
Henny Portman is consultant, author, international speaker, coach and trainer for both traditional project management (MoP, MSP, PRINCE2, P3O) and agile approaches like AgilePM, AgilePgM, PRINCE2 Agile, AgileSHIFT and SAFe. He performs PPM maturity scans, and his past experience includes directing PMO’s in Europe and Asia for ING and NN Group.
Bill Coleman Week
Bill Coleman week looks at five adviceblogs from Bill Coleman. On November 29, 2020 serial entrepreneur, Bill Coleman, died after a long fight with pancreatic cancer. Bill is best known as founding and operating BEA Systems, Inc. BEA was the original unicorn growing to a billion dollars revenue in just five years. Bill also started and ran several other organizations. In addition, he was a prolific venture capitalist and angle investor.
Bill was a big supporter of our transaction, high availability, and project performance research and workshops. He was a frequent speaker at Standish events and participant in a number of Standish focus groups. Bill was the first person I interviewed when we started our research on the skills of the executive project sponsor. He was major influence in the writing the Good Sponsor Book and education. Here are my five favorite adviceblogs from interviews with Bill.
First Principles: Bill Coleman suggests that an executive sponsor is a coach, a manager and mentor.
Solution Ownership: Bill Coleman says, “As project mentor, the worst thing you can do is tell the team how to solve their problems.
Frameworks: Bill Coleman suggests frameworks.
Trains: Bill Coleman suggests using software trains.
Value of the Organization: Bill Coleman suggests the leader of an organization only has three first-order responsibilities
December Book Review Week
Hans Mulder is our reviewer for the December Book Week 12-7 to 12-11-2020. Hans is reviewing these five books:
Foundations of Enterprise Governance and Engineering"and "Practicing Enterprise Governance and Engineering" by Jan Hoogervorst
Enterprise Ontology by Jan Dietz and Hans Mulder
Agilizing the Enterprise by Joseph Raynus
The Good Mate: How understanding team relationships can make you happier and more productive' by Evan Sorensen and Jim Johnson
The Good Sponsor by Jim Johnson
Throwback week is 2020 November 30 to December 4th. In this week we will reexamine 5 previous adviceblogs to see how they fit with Infinite Flow. Here is the line-up of earlier adviceblogs:
Titled “Over the Edge”, Albert Soule suggests that executive sponsors look to the project team to put together a list of risks.
Titled ”Concordia Project”, The Standish Group team of advisors reviewed the Concordia Project.
Titled “Filters”, Wayne Strider suggests having filters.
Titled “Remove and Replace”, Jennifer Lynch suggests you remove and replace the non-participating stakeholder.
Titled “Radical Changes”, Chip Bell suggests radical changes in organizations render skills obsolete almost overnight.
A Week of Tuesdays
The week on November 16th to 20th. The Standish Group is presenting a look at past CHAOS Tuesday programs and how they relate to Infinite Flow.
Flow Team Building: The heart of the Infinite Flow process is the team.
Software in One Day: Infinite Flow delivers software in a single day.
Selling Flow: Infinite Flow might be considered a new methodology, but it is more evolution then revolutionary.
Fresh, Usable, and Efficient software: Infinite Flow delivers a very small amount of software most days.
No Kill Switch: Infinite Flow has no kill switch because none is needed.
Note: There will no adviceblogs issued during the week of 11-23-2020
November Book Review Week
Week of 11-9 to 11-13 2020 our adviceblog section I will review these five books:
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is about surviving and even flourishing when things break.
Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization book by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright.
Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money book written by Pat Flynn.
Turn Enemies into Allies: The Art of Peace in the Workplace is a book written by Judy Ringer.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know is a book written by Malcolm Gladwell.
What do you expect?
The week of 11-2 to 11-6 we will present our adviceblogs with a focus on managing expectation through Infinite Flow.
Going for the Gold: Emmanuel Stockbroekx says the Belgium National Men’s Field Hockey Team is at a dream stage.
Managing Expectations through Infinite Flow: Infinite Flow manages expectation through a close collaboration with the business and technology.
Managing Expectations is Crucial: Hans Mulder suggests that managing expectations is crucial.
Expectation management Starts with Achievable Metrics: Sidnie Feit suggests that expectation management starts with an established quality and achievable metrics.
Happy Talk: Tony Collins suggests that if you continually fuel expectations of a new system by offering only “happy talk” to inquiries,
Would IT Flow
Next week (10-26 to10-30) advice microblog’s theme is “Would it Flow”. Here is next week’s line-up:
Would IT Flow: We reprofiled the New York City Automated Payroll System using Infinite Flow
Would IT Flow: We take another look at SACWIS projects using Infinite Flow
Would IT Flow: How would RMVs drive their applications using Infinite Flow.
Would IT Flow: Flash Boys – How fast would you trade with Infinite Flow
Would IT Flow: We look at trade-offs with using consultants with Infinite Flow
Random Thoughts on Infinite Flow
Next week our adviceblog will focus on some random thoughts on Infinite Flow.
Infinite Flow is a non-project-based environment that builds and releases software daily.
The schedule is:
Builds and Releases: Infinite Flow is a non-project-based environment that builds and releases software daily.
Critical Success Factor: Infinite Flow critical success factor is Decision Latency.
Flow Automation: Infinite Flow requires lots of automation.
Single Source: Infinite Flow encompasses configuration management as part of the daily deliverables.
The Flow Runs Through IT: Infinite Flow should be focused on the business.