A potpourri of project wisdom . . .

Several Dozen Interesting and Helpful Thoughts

Atlantic Systems Guild1: Adrenaline Junkies and
Template Zombies—Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior

2008, Dorset House, ISBN 978-0-932633-67-5, 230 pages
reviewed by Conrad Weisert, June, 2008, ©Information Disciplines, Inc.


Six authors have contributed 86 little essays on aspects of project management and organizational milieu. Their emphasis is more on human factors than on technique. Although there's not enough meat here to serve as a textbook or tutorial on project management, the advice is generally sound and the presentations are readable and entertaining.

Experienced project managers and competent project team members will agree with 95 percent of the advice given here. And the parts you disagree with are still valuable in provoking thoughtful reflection and new insights.

Some of the pieces parallel articles on this web site:

#11 Lease Your Soul If It Ain't Broke, Fix It Anyway
#20 One Throat to Choke Organization without Accountability = Sure Failure
#30 Short Pencil Must Downsizing Cripple an Organization
#32 The Overtime Predictor What Ever Happened to the Work Week?
#36 Cider House Rules Methodology Development and Dissemination . . .
#37 Talk Then Write "It's Easier for Programmers to Talk to Each Other than to Document"
#46 Telling the Truth Slowly The Burden of Proof in Project Estimating
#80 Offshore Follies Offshore Software Development Contracts

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