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Monday, March 03, 2003
• New Book -- The Agile Manager's New Work -- I've finally gotten around to start reading the pre-publication web preview of this new book by David Anderson of uidesign.net. Sitting in the mall waiting for my wife yesterday, once I got past an unusual opening 10 pages, I couldn't tear myself from the first three chapters...
• Managing Accounting for Systems[T, I, and OE -- I told you the kick off was unusal]
• Theories for Agile Management[A nice comparison and synthesis of TOC, JIT, Quality, Lean, TPS, Six Sigma in terms of software development]
• Constraints in Software Production[Now we're talkin']One of the things I think I'm seeing in Davids' book is a distinction between "agile" work methodologies and practices and project management that can wrap around them to make promises...a distinction that I've come to myself. The things that fall into the agile approach are about work/task management for a certain type of work, and don't really meaningfully address the promise-making and promise-keeping aspects inherent to project management. Where I think David is going matches my belief that the uncertainty-embracing nature of the TOC/Critical Chain-based approach to project management makes an effective wrapper for work performed "with agility." We'll see if I'm right as I get deeper into the book.
Since this week kicks off a series of repeats of CSIs, Laws and Orders, ST:Enterprise, West Wing, Andromeda, and The Agency, leaving only 24, Survivor, Cook's Tour and Mr. Sterling with new episodes on the tube (which I'll let my VCR handle), there's a darn good chance I'm going to get through a lot more of this book, and give David some feedback and encouragement on his discussion list. (The book has been put out chapter by chapter in pdf (Acrobat) format.)
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