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Commitment

Today we conclude our read of Commitment – Novel about Managing Project Risk with a few highlights.    (more…)

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This week’s installment of Commitment – Novel about Managing Project Risk by Olav Maassen, Chris Matts and Chris Geary (2nd edition, 2016) will address Chapter 7, which using the monomyth structure represents both atonement and the return home, the completion of the cycle.  Next week we will conclude with a few final thoughts.  The next book in the Re-read Saturday Series will be Kent Beck’s xP Explained, Second Edition.    (more…)

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Commitment

If you have ever had to defend a project, team or concept, the plot in Chapter 6 will resonate. This week’s installment I would title ‘explanations and office politics’, as we close in on the peak of our read of Commitment – Novel about Managing Project Risk by Olav Maassen, Chris Matts and Chris Geary (2nd edition, 2016) .  In Chapter 6 we meet the corporate inquisitor.  Management sends Duncan to find out what’s going on in the project. The briefing ends on the note, “We just need to make sure we do the right thing.” (more…)

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Commitment

This week we are back to our read of Commitment – Novel about Managing Project Risk by Olav Maassen, Chris Matts and Chris Geary (2nd edition, 2016) .  Chapter 4 introduces more agile techniques, including work visualization, staff liquidity and a focus on outcomes. (more…)

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Commitment by Maassen, Matts and Geary

This week we begin the read of Commitment – Novel about Managing Project Risk by Olav Maassen, Chris Matts and Chris Geary (second edition 2016) The book is a graphic novel that generally uses a six panel page drawn in a black and white style, reminiscent of Frank Miller’s Sin City series (one of my favorites).  Interspersed among the graphics are text in the form of diary entries and blobs (blog entries) to fill in the back story and for exposition on the Agile and lean topics found in the book.  Commitment has seven chapters and an epilogue.  My intent is to re-read Commitment in five weeks, including a recap. 

Chapter One.  Commitment is a story of enlightenment and Chapter One provides the context for the novel.  Larry is the project manager and Susan ‘s boss.  Susan, the book’s protagonist, is the project admin/whip.  Larry is taking advantage of Susan because Susan feels an obligation to Larry, who has supported her when other project managers would not hire her after an earlier project cratered.  (more…)