Tag: Analogy

PMO Analogy

PMO Analogy

As my tenure with the PMO comes to an end, I’ve had an opportunity to reflect on the last two and a half years.  What I realized was how much the PMO was like the U.S. Congress.  If I imagine the organizational structure of the PMO I’ve been supporting, I can imagine the CIO as…

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Filthy Fishbowl

Filthy Fishbowl

I read a really great post over at Mike Cottmeyer’s Leading Agile blog.  To paraphrase, he wrote about his son having a fishbowl that was in desperate need of cleaning. He described the situation as this poor little goldfish was swimming literally in it’s own filth. The water was yellowish brown and just gross. Mike went on to…

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Measuring (Project) Health

Measuring (Project) Health

You’d think I would follow my own advice when it comes to my own health.  When dealing with project deliverables or tasks, I like to get feedback from the team as often as I can.  Ideally, I recommend daily feedback.  Realistically, there are extended team members who you don’t deal with on a daily basis.…

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The Agile Introduction

The Agile Introduction

When you meet someone new and they ask you what you do, what do you say to them?  Do you have a prepared introduction?  Have you prepared an explanation of your unique qualities?  If you think that is hard enough to communicate to the layman, try explaining Agile. If someone says “Hi, I’m Bob. I’m a Project…

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The Cave of Zombies

The Cave of Zombies

The “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato represents an extended metaphor that is to contrast the way in which we perceive and believe is reality. Plato said what we see are actually imperfect “reflections” of the ultimate Forms, which represent reality and truth.  In his story, there is a cave in which prisoners are chained down…

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Agile Traffic Analogy

Agile Traffic Analogy

The post today was brought to you by… my hellish commute and those in the Washington DC metropolitan area who help create it.  Thanks! Today, I’m going describe Agile concepts by using my commute as the analogy. Goal During any given day, spend as much time working or at home and as little time commuting as possible. I’ll…

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