Partisan Politics in Agile Projects

Don is an entrepreneur and business leader with over 15 years experience specializing in aligning management-driven technologies and initiatives together with business and project strategies resulting in thoroughly planned and comprehensive business solutions. His expertise as a project manager, developer, tester, analyst, trainer, consultant, and business owner has spanned across diverse industries such as finance, retail, health care and information technology

As the 2012 presidential election comes into full swing with Mitt Romney recently slugging it out to come on top of the Republican heap, we will no doubt be in for more partisan politics as usual. Due to the most pronounced economic downturn in U.S. history since the Great Depression, high unemployment, instability in the Middle East (which is causing high petroleum prices for a commodity we still require for nearly all our energy needs) and the rise of emerging countries, we are witnessing each political party adhere to either extreme, liberal left-wing or ultra conservative right-wing ideologies that leave us, the voters, confused, frustrated and apathetic on which candidate or party to support while political gridlock and bickering continue.

If you’ve ever been involved in a highly visible project in which major stakeholders are jockeying to position themselves to impose their own agenda--and even going to extremes such as purposefully derailing your project just to prevent the opposing stakeholders from benefitting from your project--then you would have experienced project-partisan politics at its worst or best, depending on which side you’re on. (The highly visible second phase of the $3B Silver Line project is threatening to be derailed due to political bickering and is a perfect and recent real world example of this.)

This form of partisan politics…

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