Re: Project management melee

From: joel garry <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 16:43:05 -0700 (PDT)
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On Jun 8, 1:37 pm, John Hurley <> wrote:
> Mladen:
> # The debate is about agile methodology and DBA personnel, which mix
> well, just like oil and water. If someone is interested, plese join
> the melee.
> As smart as Cary he ( and he is scary smart ) once he takes up a
> position he does not back down ( nor change his position ) easily.
> He believes in an ideal world and a best way of doing things ... it is
> all black and white no shades of grey.

I don't think it is so much he believes it, as that is how he knows to present it. I think he is really good at taking a problem and deconstructing it, following the leads where they may go. Once you've done that, it is easy to have a mechanistic view of things, and easy to be convincing about it (because it is right!). Where it breaks down is where determinism breaks down - whenever there are too many unknown variables. So project management has a big people component, and is largely non-deterministic. You'll never convince management or management consultants of that, though. They have strong motivation to reduce it to dollars, at best you can throw in a completely arbitrary "goodwill accounting" or "institutional memory" component, which will be mostly ignored at tactical decision time. It's business, after all.

He's a math guy, so he should know (thanks to Eddie Awad for the serendipitous pointer).


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