Tame the Haters
Don't Ignore Calls to Cast Project Management Aside; Push Back with Constructive Proposals
"We want to be controversial for a moment and propose an end to projects and project management." So goes the opening chapter of #Noprojects: A Culture of Continuous Value, a book published this year by two agile acolytes. But the concept is nothing new. For years, I've heard speeches and read blog posts declaring project management irrelevant in today's fast-paced world of frequent deliverables. It's one thing to challenge the use of plan-driven approaches for dynamic projects; it's quite another to declare the death of project management as a concept. I've generally dismissed these notions, but recent conversations with senior executives make clear this is a trend we in the project management community need to take seriously.