Playground rules

what we learned as children we should use in projects

This article draws analogies between games played by children on the playground and the nature of projects. Generally, everyone must first agree as to the rules of the game; and secondly, the game must be fun and allow everyone a certain measure of success. Some of the playground analogies discussed are deciding what is in-bounds and out-of-bounds and what determines when the game ends (that is, deciding the project's boundaries, scope, and goals); sharing and being nice; looking both ways before chasing the ball into the street (thinking before you act); and figuring out who will be the referee (who will police and control the project). Adherence to this updated set of playground rules will lead to successful projects and everyone going home feeling like a winner.
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