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Quotes from Taiichi Ohno

I came across a great article by Masaaki Imai on Gemba Panta Rei celebrating Taiichi Ohno’s 100th Birthday which contained some of his brilliant quotes on management and thought I will re-post them: “Let the flow manage the processes, and not let management manage the flow”. In the lean approach, the starting point of the […]

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Leadership styles

Donald Gray has written a great and interesting article on Three Leadership Styles, based observations on managing traffic at an intersection.  In the article the most successful leader is the one that sees people as “adults that most of the time they can take care of themselves, and that the role of a manager is […]

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For Fun – PMI Agile Response

An article called the ‘Sweet Spot’ appeared in the August 2010 edition of the PMI.ORG PM Network Journal. In response to this article, a video was produced which is quite amusing.  Watch the video.

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The Mythical Man-Month Is Not A Myth

Brooks’ law is a principle in software development which says that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”.  It was coined by Fred Brooks in his well renowed 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month. There was a recent project where unrealistic timelines were imposed on a team and the project was running late […]

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As Work Changes, So Must Managers

Here is an article published in The Wall Street Journal earlier this year which is very relevant to today’s rapidly changing environment and the role of managers on Agile Projects. (Mark Hurd who was my former CEO at HP is mentioned in the article) What is a manager? In simplest terms, a manager is someone […]

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Traditional Project Management Role on a Scrum Project

A “good read” article on Agile Journal, An Agile PM Isn’t What You Think Sub-Head: Where Does Traditional Project Management Fit in an Agile Project Using Scrum There is always considerable discussion about the role of the Traditional Project Manager on an Agile Scrum Project and this article describes it very well. In the end, […]

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Management’s Role on Agile Projects

Mark Levison has written an excellent post on How Can Management Contribute to an Agile Project? His post nicely complements my previous posts on a similar topic. 

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