22 April 2009

I (heart) Stephen Jonathan Whitty

Wil points me to another fascinating article by Stephen Whitty.

    I am seriously happy this guy is wrinting about project management.  Overall, his work is a very fresh and potentially brutal assessment of project management practice.  And yet, he's "one of us."

    His work has been referenced here at this site before (and probably will be again.)

    And you can easily find more of his stuff via google.

    Definitely a step up from the "What is a WBS" type articles out there.


    1. Anonymous9:05 am


      Thanks for the introduction.
      An interesting hypothesis. But when he states things like - I know what an S-Curve is, but never use it..." it make my heart sing that I work in the defense industry ;>)

      We PP&C (Program Planning & Controls) folks do get emotional energy from looking after our CAMs (Control Account Managers) and TDs (Technical Directors), keeping them out of the ditch, on-schedule and on-budget.

      When our "flying machine" flies away on or near schedule, everyone on the team is invited to the launch party - the sense of "team" is seamless in the defense domain, since PP&C is an integral part of all programs.

      That seems to be one of the missing elements in the IT domain, where technical skill dominate. In space and defense technology is critical, but if you're late and over budget you have a good chance of losing your contract or having to explain to a government auditor (Defense Contract Management Agency) whey you've been a bone-head and should not be tossed into the street.

    2. I seldom comment, however after reading through a few of the responses here at betterprojects. I actually do have a few questions for you if you do not mind. Is it simply me or do a few of these comments come across like they are written by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are posting at other social sites, I would like to follow you. Would you post a list of all of all your shared sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?