IT Project Confessional…

I’m in the process of shifting from my separate “Yourdon Report” blog over to my “Yourdon.com” website for blogs about serious IT subjects (as distinct from frivolous postings about gossip, sports, movies, photography, etc.). As part of the process, I’m going to post some links here to various “series” of postings that I made on the other blog, because I think you might find them useful.

For example, I recently wrote a 6-part series of blog postings on the concept of “IT project confessionals.” As I pointed out in the first of those postings,

“The problem faced by many of today’s IT managers is that they knowthey’ve made a mistake — but (a) it’s not obvious to them how they can undo, work-around, or rectify that mistake, and (b) there’s nobody they can talk to. For whatever reason, they feel that they can’t talk to their subordinates (after all, they’re the boss!), and they can’t talk to their fellow-manager peers … and most of all, they dare not confess their mistake to their boss…”

Here are the titles, and links to, the individual postings in that series:

  • The IT Project Confessional, part 1
  • The IT Project Confessional, part 2 – History and the basics
  • The IT Project Confessional, part 3 – where do you find the sinners?
  • The IT Project Confessional, part 4 – ethical responsibilities of the confessor/priest
  • The IT Project Confessional, part 5 – Advice to give *after* a sin has been committed
  • The IT Project Confessional, part 6 – Types of project management sins: venal and cardinal
  • Looking back at part 1 of this series, I see that there were 6 more installments I had intended to write:

    1. Resisting pressure from higher-level executives who say to the confessional priest, “Off the record, no names mentioned, tell me what’s going on…”
    2. Forgiveness — is it possible? Practical?
    3. Anticipating a sin – what to do if the project manager says, “I haven’t sinned yet, but I know I’m about to…”
    4. Measuring results
    5. Providing follow-up references and resources for ongoing help
    6. Setting up a “Sinners Anonymous” for project managers who want to network and share their experiences with other sinners

    Who knows why I didn’t continue writing … sometimes I feel like I’m shouting into a dark abyss, so I get bored and stop; but this time, I think it was another high-priority client project that intervened. Oh, yeah, and that was followed by a week of photographing rural scenery out in Colorado and Montana. And then I went down to Orlando for Agile2010. And then I had to go out to the Windy City for one of my expert-witness assignments …

    So that’s where things stand at the moment. If anyone is interested, let me know; things should be relatively quiet between now and Labor Day…

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