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


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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Management of IT Reading

See also the post on IT Service Management Reading.

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.

Starting a project late is worse that finishing it late

Over the last few years of reading Glen Alleman's "Herding Cats" blog, I have come across the refrain "Risk Management is how adults manage projects" many times.  Today, I chased down the source of this quote to Tim Lister's 2004 "How Much Risk Is … [Continue reading]

Risk and Safety discussion

Having identified our risks we then proceed to characterise the source, the causal mechanisms, the consequences, identify controls and finally apply some sort of ranking to the risk. Sounds fairly straightforward and objective doesn’t … [Continue reading]

IT Service Management Reading

Adopting IT Service Management disciplines is a journey for the service provider (and the customers). Here is a partial list of references which have guided me. Implementation Guidance The Visible Ops Handbook: Implementing ITIL in 4 Practical … [Continue reading]

PMQu: A Quality Tool for Project Information in MS Project


(Article published first in "The Critical Path", PMI Sydney, April 2015) The open source add-in for MS Project called “PMQu” assists project managers to create, and maintain, quality-checked project information. Earlier in this series of articles, I … [Continue reading]

WBS and Schedule Network coherence at scale

Add and Prune Dependencies Algorithm animation

(Article published first in "The Critical Path", PMI Sydney, February 2015) As argued in a previous article[1], common definitions of “deliverable” in the WBS and schedule network may be maintained by having “Start” and “Finish” milestones in the … [Continue reading]

Having a common definition of “deliverable” in both WBS and the schedule network.

Critical Path Article 01.01

(Article published first in "The Critical Path", PMI Sydney, December 2014) Having a common definition of “deliverable” in both WBS and the schedule network assists project managers to build a common understanding of the project scope and progress … [Continue reading]

“Ready for use” and “Ready to use”

I am prompted to write because of a useful paper: "Perspectives on the Formal Authority Between Project Managers and Change Managers"  in the October/November 2014 Project Management Journal by Julien Pollack and Chivonne Algeo both of the University … [Continue reading]

Kazakh Notes now free download on Google Play

Back in 1991 in my first year in Kazakhstan, I wrote an introduction to Kazakh Language for English speakers called "Kazakh Notes".  I have just uploaded it and made it free on Google Play: Kazakh Notes. While preparing the manuscript for upload - I … [Continue reading]

Classic moments in automated geolocation


I found this today courtesy of Google's auto geolocation and mapping algorithms! … [Continue reading]

Foundations of Project Management

This is a collection of references to articles and ideas that I refer to constantly to refresh my vision for Project Management. Bent Flyvbjerg on Reference Class Forecasting. Mel Conway on How committees Invent. The collaboration patterns of … [Continue reading]

“Cybersecurity as Realpolitik” by Dan Geer

"Cybersecurity as Realpolitik" by Dan Geer, at BlackHat 2014 is a thought provoking and informative discussion of the behavioural economic interventions that might increase Cyber Security. 8/10 Is there any real difference between a system that … [Continue reading]

Expected % Complete MS Project Custom Column

I attended Angela Chellas' MS Project Advanced workshop today (excellent course) and there was a question about how to figure out what % complete that a task should be if it was on track.  Based on elapsed time, the Expected % Complete for tasks and … [Continue reading]

PRINCE2 Joined-Up

The core of PRINCE2 project governance guidance is summarised in the introduction to the business case ... The ongoing and ever-present decision regarding the Business Case is whether the project can (still) be justified. This is based on whether … [Continue reading]