2007RE: [scrumdevelopment] What's wrong with tracking estimates vs. actuals?
- Oct 12, 2003The main difference is whose position is being eliminated.
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It bothers me that projects which reduce how much labor it takes to do production will lead to reductions in force, but projects that reduce how much management is required just leads to managers with time on their hands.
And managers with time on their hands leads to micromanagement activities like tracking estimates vs. actuals in a process where the metric is not highly correlated to success. Next, they will try to weigh the process down with collecting even more metrics that are not success factors, and start applying 6-sigma optimizations on them. Will anybody notice that these measured metrics will improve, but actual productivity and true successes will decrease? Probably not, because they will define productivity and success in terms of the metrics they are collecting and analyzing.
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Sorry if I offended any managers here.
From: Edmund Schweppe [mailto:schweppe@...]
Sent: Sun 10/12/2003 10:21 AM
Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] What's wrong with tracking estimates vs. actuals?
Steven Gordon wrote:
> I have worked on many projects in the past where theWhat will the client do with the managers whose "unnecessary management
> elimination of labor was considered a significant benefit,
> if not the greatest benefit of the resulting process and/or
> Why would the elimination of unnecessary management labor not
> be a benefit to a client? Maybe, the case needs to be made
> further up the food chain?
labor" will be eliminated? Or, more to the point, what do the affected
managers *think* the client will do with them?
If the particular client has a history of dealing with "unnecessary"
positions by firing the persons therein, the affected managers are going
to be *very* strongly motivated to make sure *their* positions are seen
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