#PMCHAT is a weekly, on-line chat for Twitterers (hopefully the right term) all over the world. Anyone who is on Twitter can join in. It starts with a pre-game show where a featured person comes on – line and talks about the topic of the week.
It is held every Friday though not this week as its Thanksgiving and starts on Twitter at 5pm UK time (I know, not the best time of the day, but it is worth it…)
Last week was my first time…and it was good, fast and informative. In total we had
376 tweets which reached an audience of 30,942 followers.
It works by 4 questions being posed. The first of the questions sets the tone. This week it was:
Has PM Methodology come down to Agile vs. Waterfall or are others still in play?
There were some very interesting comments about the various methodologies and I was struck by a number of aspects:
- we do seem wedded to our methodologies
- jargon gets in the way- no wonder we don’t get people to support project management when we talk about waterfall, agile, scrum, etc. Plain English please
- organisation culture are so important – what is your companies project management culture like? What is its approach to managing and dealing with change?
I left the #PMCHAT feeling reflective and was reminded a woman who attended one of our project management training courses. During the course there was a debate about the application of an aspect of the course to a project. This woman said something interesting. It is not quite verbatim, but I hope you will get the drift:
Any project management approach is like baking a cake. For some people, they will like (say) more vanilla in the cake, others will like it softer than others and some, they will like the cake ‘harder’. We need an approach that says we need more time spending on risk management or we really need to spend time looking at project estimates or we can spend less time developing the business case because it’s a legal requirement. It’s about changing the process to fit the project. The process is a guideline and only that.
Great words which I believe to be true and on courses I repeat the guidelines words above.
So, what’s your view? Should your project approach be like your taste in cake?