A fundamental truth in life is that there’ll always be more to do than we’ll have time or money to do.
And although projects are (arguably) a part of life, some Project Managers/Customers/Clients still believe they can defy this fundamental truth by introducing Agile – and then using it as an excuse to make unrealistic demands from delivery teams/suppliers.
However, the goal of Agile is not to deliver everything that the customer wants…
…the goal of Agile is to deliver the most important things that’ll give the customer the greatest value and earliest return-on-investment. In so doing, Agile aligns with Pareto’s 80/20 Principal i.e 20% of the things we do will give us 80% of our results.
So with that in mind, the next time you’re faced with a set of requirements that do not fit within your projects times and/or budget constraints, prioritise the important ones for delivery now; and defer the least important ones until later.
In an ideal world, things would always go to plan – but since we don’t live in an ideal world, they don’t; hence why the best-laid plans of project managers often go awry.
More often than not, detailed plans laid out on neat charts projecting months (even years) into the future, tend to describe a fictional reality; and perfect plans tend to describe fictional realities perfectly. Because no mattermuch time, effort and care goes into planning sooner or later, some s likely to deviate from the plan
That’s not to say we shouldn’t plan – we should.
But instead of trying to create a ‘perfect plan’ in detail upfront, it’s better to start with a plausible plan and refine that plan throughout the lifetime of the project; because when you refine your plans to reflect reality (rather than trying to get reality to reflect your plans), you’re more likely to achieve your project objectives.
“If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” ~ Jeff Bezos
“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem” ~ Theodore Rubin
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” ~ Steve Jobs
“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small any more. It will be the fast beating the slow.” ~ Rupert Murdoch
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over.” ~ Richard Branson
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently” ~ Henry Ford
“One this is for sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment…If it doesn’t turn our right, we can modify it as we go along.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt