Keys for Agile Co-Evolution of the WBS and Schedule Network: The ‘Schedule Network 100 Percent’ Rule and the ‘Add and Prune Dependencies’ Algorithm

projectmanagement.com Knowledge Shelf just published an article of mine on “Keys for Agile Co-Evolution of the WBS and Schedule Network: The ‘Schedule Network 100 Percent’ Rule and the ‘Add and Prune Dependencies’ Algorithm

Abstract

The “schedule network 100 percent” rule and the “add and prune dependencies” algorithm are keys for enabling the agile co-evolution of the work breakdown structure (WBS) and the schedule network. While creating and maintaining coherence between the WBS and schedule network has never been easy, today’s pressures to move toward a more agile practice of project management increase the challenge. This article elaborates on current, best practice project management foundations and adds the necessary definitions and methods for defining what coherence between the WBS and schedule network means and the methods to automatically create and maintain such coherence. The goal is project management practice where full coherence between the WBS and schedule network is taken for granted and maintained without effort by the project planner.

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I have found these resources provide key building blocks for leading IT.

How completely messed up processes become normal (web article) by Dan Luu. Thought provoking.

057816888XSix Protocols of IT Transformation: Managing the Transformation of IT Ecosystems with Value-Based IT (book) by Lesandrini. Top to bottom review of actionable ideas for management of IT.

B00JR2F49OCIO 100: The First 100 days as CIO (book) Gary Buck. Strong focus on establishing the key relationships for success as CIO.

 

B004OEIQ6SIT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain (book) Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross. (This is from the authors of “IT Governance” listed below.)  Strongly researched. Take away? Key business impacts of the Information Platform are “integration and standardisation”.

B004OC07CQIT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results (book) Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross. Must read for integrating IT with the host business.

 

B012P0D4YGLeading the Transformation: Applying Agile and DevOps Principles at Scale (book) Gary Gruver. An animated and animating account of a large IT function being transformed over a multi-year timeframe funded out of opex.

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