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It's not limited to this community. Sometimes when teams of battle hardened professionals are assembled, the story plays out like Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring, selflessly struggling for the higher goal. Other times it resembles 1970's Kung-Fu movies.
"Your Agile Dragon style is no match for my Five Level Gantt Chart of Death! WE MUST FIGHT!!!" ;-)
You can't end hunger that doesn't exist in the world, but you can do your part :-)
Hi @Keith, The fellowship of the rings is a good analogy. A mandate, from on high, delivered to a specialized team who chartered themselves to accomplish a shared strategic goal, despite having no agreement on the plan to get there. They moved forward, not knowing what was ahead, adopting an agile (I mean hybrid) approach that iteratively resolved them two steps forward, then one step back for what seemed to be an eternity.
After countless project resets and casualties, they eventually meet their objective and claim the hard-won victory. Let us also remember that the team had battle-hardened and next-gen members and that victory was only obtainable due to this mix - so, there is hope for us. Project managers implement change, and change doesn’t come easy, thus the inherent battles that define our profession and that which makes us “battle-hardened.” These so-called scars do not represent damage, but instead, “lessons learned,” so let’s pursue them.
I’m preaching to the choir – kind of fun. So, what are the best options from a function/price perspective for collaboration? @Andrew mentioned Slack and Discord; then there’s Webex, Zoom, Teams, Skype, Goto Meeting, etc. I’ve used all of these but Slack and Discord – additional thoughts?
The other day, on Linkedin, I saw a situation that intrigued me but at the same time generated new ideas:
I'm game to try it out for virtual mentoring or similar collaboration purposes if others are...
When I attended grad school a few years ago, I was constantly having to interface with fellow students on one new collaborative system or another. I found many had connectivity or other technical issues, especially when working behind a firewall. Within the course of a semester I could reliably find my own way of working with whatever given tool long enough to complete the team projects.
Although this dates me...could still get by if someone found an old overhead projector and I had to tell my tale with 5 minutes of photocopies on viewfoil slides with hand made annotations using multi-colored dry erase pens, and a 3-ring binder of backup material.
My approach has turned into: Functionality first. We can make it look pretty later or work the bugs out if that's even important. I guess I could say I was agile before agile was cool.
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