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We get sent project management and change management books every now and then to review. One day a management book arrived. Let us give it the title Everything You Really Need To Know About Project Management But Are Afraid To Ask.

It was not called that. But it should have been, due to the extent of farcical suggestions it made. It said that a successful project manager must be able to manage the four basic elements of a project. It named the four elements of a project as scope, money, time and resources. It said that resources are equipment, people and materials. But it declared that there was something quite different called money. It also said that this spooky weird concept called money is actually split into just two things: profit and costs.

We thought this was a comedy book until we realised the authors believed all this nonsense and were really serious. The book bizarrely proposed that money is not a resource and then, if memory serves, the book went on to make some fundamental errors on time and scope too. Not surprisingly, we lost interest in the book and moved onto the next offering. We are confident you will not have this experience with The Toolkit. Regardless of this opinion, if you have any feedback to provide we will be very interested to learn it.

The Toolkit is a combination of agile best practice techniques and procedures accumulated and tested that we have used to deliver successful projects for our clients. The Toolkit provides well advised and researched professional advice inside a whole encompassing methodology. If you feel there is anything missing in the Toolkit or if there is something that you too are afraid to ask then just email us, the email address is inside the Toolkit.

The focus of project management on an agile project is not actually project management. This is an odd phrase. Let us explain. First we will quote the description in WikiPedia. Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. Now, that objective remains the same. What changes is, as we say, the focus. Waterfall project management will major on the plan, the planning functions and the impact events have on the plan. It is a singular, procedural, ceremonial and ritual discipline. Agile project management concentrates on Leadership, on the detailed interactions between people and events and how the manager can facilitate these events. It is a collaborative, informal, supportive and encouraging discipline.

The objective, to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives, is the same but the path to it and the methods adopted are very different.

OK. This is a good time to remove the myths and fantasies and have a proper look at how we manage high performance projects. As we begin to gradually unravel the topic of agile project management we will introduce the important elements of this skill. These are the skills of leadership, building an Agile team, solving and avoiding problems for the team and finally coaching and facilitating that team to deliver in a high performance manner.

First of all, to kick off this process, we will offer what is hopefully the very shortest history you are ever going to read about project management.


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