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My book review this week is on Andy Silber’s bookAdaptive Project Management: Leading Complex and Uncertain Projects. This book centers on technology projects, though it does have wider implications. Dr. Silber does promote some pretty serious scheduling, but there are some good takeaways:

  • When there is little predictability, “we need a development process that bends like a tree during a storm, not one that shatters like a window.” (Location 153)
  • Project management does not “make the impossible possible; it just reduces the cost of learning that lesson.” (Location 265)
  • Creative juices don’t flow when everyone is rushed. (Location 273)
  • “An issue is something you do need to deal with, while a risk is something you might need to deal with.” (Location 373)
  • Distinguish between stakeholder wants and needs. (Location 497)