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Project Management Fairytale
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Once upon a time long long ago, King Waterfall ruled the land. He was a wise king who guided his people well. But many of his subjects in the outer reaches of his kingdom didn’t understand his teachings, and became frustrated when their lives didn’t turn out as planned. They wanted a new king. Some of the most influential people in the land held a meeting in the mountains, and made four declarations of how things should be.
One day Princess Agile arrived in the kingdom. She was beautiful and full of energy and walked among the people. King Waterfall, in his ivory tower, didn’t realise he was losing the loyalty of his people until it was too late. His kingdom was shrinking and none of his advisers told him the simple truth. Bit by bit, Princess Agile began to take over. When people who didn’t like her began to mutter and complain, she went and talked to them, listened, and sometimes changed her ways.
King Waterfall saw that he was losing, but he was still a wise king. He sought a meeting with Princess Agile and told her: “We are both fighting Lord Chaos in our own ways. Let us not fight each other.” Princess Agile, being very practical, agreed.
And it is reasonable to forecast that they will live happily together for ever after – as long as they continue to communicate.

Goodnight :-)
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It is never about the Taxi (Project methodology) . It's about the passenger (Stakeholder)
The Passenger (Stakeholder) needs to be driven to his destination in a vehicle by the Driver (Project Manager).

Driver needs to understand where the passenger needs to go , how fast (Requirements)

Stakeholder Needs to arrive at the destination satisfied (customer satisfaction, Quality), on time (Schedule Management ) and within budget . (Cost Management) .

Stakeholder can negotiate if the ride is going to be as per Meter (Time and Materials) or would the Driver like a certain amount of money (Fixed Price). Driver may agree for Fixed Price if he has done similar taxi rides to similar destinations before (expert Judgement, Analogous estimation, Well defined scope)

Driver must know the way (Plan) , make the passenger comfortable at all times(Communication and stakeholder engagement) , be polite (Stakeholder engagement). There could be unexpected diversions (Risks and issues) along the way, roadworks, accidents etc which is not driver's fault but driver should know and suggest alternate ways (Change Request) to get to the destination if this happens .

Finally driver should receive payment (Close contract and Close Project ) , can tip the driver (Incentive Fee) and Passenger should be satisfied with the ride (Verify Scope)
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2 replies by Prashant Sonwane and Tom Connolly
May 26, 2017 7:17 AM
Tom Connolly
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Brilliant !!
Jun 01, 2017 7:58 AM
Prashant Sonwane
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Wow !! How brilliantly Tom and Deepesh shared the things. Hats off to guys.

Taxi and Stakeholder concept was really great. This story could be share with the team members as real time example to understand the importance of PM.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Hi Tom and Deepesh,

Both of you have nicely out the whole things in one small short story.

If this would be the way of teaching then I think understanding how things work would be lot easier.

Nice ....
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1 reply by Tom Connolly
May 26, 2017 7:18 AM
Tom Connolly
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Thank you Rajesh!
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May 25, 2017 7:10 PM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy, PMP®
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It is never about the Taxi (Project methodology) . It's about the passenger (Stakeholder)
The Passenger (Stakeholder) needs to be driven to his destination in a vehicle by the Driver (Project Manager).

Driver needs to understand where the passenger needs to go , how fast (Requirements)

Stakeholder Needs to arrive at the destination satisfied (customer satisfaction, Quality), on time (Schedule Management ) and within budget . (Cost Management) .

Stakeholder can negotiate if the ride is going to be as per Meter (Time and Materials) or would the Driver like a certain amount of money (Fixed Price). Driver may agree for Fixed Price if he has done similar taxi rides to similar destinations before (expert Judgement, Analogous estimation, Well defined scope)

Driver must know the way (Plan) , make the passenger comfortable at all times(Communication and stakeholder engagement) , be polite (Stakeholder engagement). There could be unexpected diversions (Risks and issues) along the way, roadworks, accidents etc which is not driver's fault but driver should know and suggest alternate ways (Change Request) to get to the destination if this happens .

Finally driver should receive payment (Close contract and Close Project ) , can tip the driver (Incentive Fee) and Passenger should be satisfied with the ride (Verify Scope)
Brilliant !!
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May 26, 2017 12:49 AM
Replying to Rajesh Yerunkar
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Hi Tom and Deepesh,

Both of you have nicely out the whole things in one small short story.

If this would be the way of teaching then I think understanding how things work would be lot easier.

Nice ....
Thank you Rajesh!
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Great Tom and Deepesh!
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1 reply by Tom Connolly
May 28, 2017 2:19 AM
Tom Connolly
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Thanks Mayte!
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May 26, 2017 2:36 PM
Replying to Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Great Tom and Deepesh!
Thanks Mayte!
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Very good story
Thanks Tom, and thanks Deepesh nice complement
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1 reply by Tom Connolly
May 29, 2017 5:05 AM
Tom Connolly
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Thanks Vincent!
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May 28, 2017 8:31 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Very good story
Thanks Tom, and thanks Deepesh nice complement
Thanks Vincent!
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Good explanation using story/examples, Deepesh and Tom!
Certainly, you both are creative CEO/project manager..
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1 reply by Tom Connolly
May 30, 2017 12:58 PM
Tom Connolly
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Thank you Sonali!
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May 29, 2017 6:02 AM
Replying to Sonali Malu
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Good explanation using story/examples, Deepesh and Tom!
Certainly, you both are creative CEO/project manager..
Thank you Sonali!
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