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Re: [XP] The Underlying Theory of Project Management Is Obsolete

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  • Andy Mulhearn
    ... Another good read. I liked the sailing analogy but in my experience recently it s been more like the old saying about battle plans and how they never
    Message 1 of 8 , Jun 4, 2004
      On Friday, June 04, 2004, at 11:02AM, Bil Kleb <Bil.Kleb@...> wrote:

      >Andy Mulhearn wrote:
      >>
      >>>Bil Kleb wrote:
      >>>> I ran across this paper in the "Instructions and Warranty" chapter
      >>>> of the Poppendiecks' Lean Software book a few months ago,
      >>>>
      >>>> http://www.leanconstruction.org/pdf/ObsoleteTheory.pdf
      >>>>
      >>>>I found it to be quite profound.
      >>
      >> Having just read it and digested some of the content [..]
      >
      >Hal Macomber has a nice summary and set of comments on this article at,
      >
      > http://halmacomber.com/notes_obsolete_theory.html
      >
      >I pointed the original authors (Lauri Koskela and Greg Howell) to this
      >site and just received this reply from Lauri:
      >
      > I think Hal has done a marvelous job in providing further
      > justifications and illustrations on the need for a theoretical and
      > methodical renewal of the project management field.
      >
      > I only, amicably, disagree with Hal regarding his implied assumption
      > that we, authors, are just accepting the machine metaphor. I guess we
      > never thought to present more than a starting point for an exploration
      > of new theories. In fact, I fully endorse Hal's suggestions (in the
      > section "Converging on a new theory") for moving beyond the machine
      > metaphor, and I, Greg, and many others, are collaboratively working in
      > this direction, towards an appropriately broad and deep theory, helpful
      > in real life, and towards corresponding practices.
      >
      > I take the liberty of sending this also to Hal. I would welcome any
      > further discussion on this.
      >
      > [Lauri's coordinates are at salford dot ac dot uk: l dot j dot koskela.]
      >

      Another good read. I liked the sailing analogy but in my experience recently it's been more like the old saying about battle plans and how they never survive first contact with the enemy.

      Andy
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