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Can a project be managed without tools?
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"Individuals and interactions over processes and tools".

Of course that a project can be managed without using any laptop/tablet or specialised software. It was done for hundreds of years.

What will be the challenges for a digital PM team?
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A team board with sticky notes is also a tool.
In a scaled project environment, it is hard to work witihout any digital tool in order to consolidate project progress etc. With Jira/ Confluence it is possible to keep the right balance with the agile value mentioned in the question.
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Everything is a tool. A pencil is a tool. That is often missing and it is one of the step to fail. For example, to assume that in some locations there is some infraestructure available to run a defined tool.
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Yes, have seen lot of personal home construction done across India rural area where some of the key member of family take responsibility of completing it without any professional tools. Everything is hard printed in their mind.
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Haha. Sergio, I was going to say the same thing :) But there is a time and place for the tools available to us. We have Skype, Slack, Teams, etc, but they don't keep us front walking across the room and having a conversation. If remote, a simple video call, which is leveraging digital awesomeness for personal interaction :), or just a good old phone call. It's a detriment to get stuck on digital tools when other tools are available to us.
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Agree with Sergio.
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1 reply by Stelian ROMAN
Feb 06, 2019 7:49 PM
Stelian ROMAN
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Me too.
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I also agree with Sergio but then we all disagree with one of the 4 core Agile values.

I am surprised how much reliance Agile teams and frameworks have on software tools. Basically even a Scrum team needs to have Jira (or something similar). Post it, whiteboard should be enough but in every Agile forum the question of the best Agile (software) tool is pretty frequent.

For some it is not surprising that in manufacturing where hundreds or thousands of people are involved in product development kanban cards/boards are physical (although for them the cost to buy a software replacement is insignificant) while a team of 4 developers need a software platform for coordination.
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I personally worked on many "projects' where no formal PM practices were implemented. Some were widely successful and others not so much. Unfortunately, I see modern PM principles more about creating and adhering to processes and associated approvals rather than focusing on what makes projects successful in the first place. For example, projects within our organization typically take 10 plus years to complete. We are consumed with project "approval" documents and the associated processes but the end results are not any better than they were 25 years ago. Don't get me wrong, we need a PM framework, and methodologies, but PM for PM's sake is a colossal failure IMHO.
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Feb 06, 2019 7:57 PM
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I agree with Steve :) That's one of the reasons of the success of Agile in software development (hence it is one of the 4 core values). A very dynamic process needs a different governance. There is nothing wrong with frameworks, the issue are the people. Because of lack of knowledge, fear of change, fear of losing their job etc very cumbersome governance processes with a lot of sign offs by a lot of people were created.
Very interesting from the enterprise perspective, Agile in manufacturing is relying on tools, like any other progress seen before. Unlike the Agile chaos in software development , in manufacturing agile was combined with lean to ensure good cost/benefit. Tools are needed, otherwise we will still hunt barehanded. The proof that even Agile (as described in the Manifesto) needs tools is the emergency of DevOps and SAFe.
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Agree with sergio
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1 reply by Stelian ROMAN
Feb 06, 2019 7:49 PM
Stelian ROMAN
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Me too
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Feb 03, 2019 1:01 PM
Replying to Anton Oosthuizen
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Agree with Sergio.
Me too.
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Feb 05, 2019 1:16 AM
Replying to Tamer Zeyad Sadiq
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Agree with sergio
Me too
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