Monday, December 13, 2010

Projects to the Point 1st Impressions

Day 2 of Projects to the Point has wrapped up and so far it has been an interesting conference. One of the themes of the opening day was change. Emad Aziz from Brisk Consulting talked about how change is the only constant. As project managers, this is what we have to deal with. Related to that, Dr Mohamed Tewfik Elmasri talked about organizations that are transforming (such as through a merger/acquisition) and how a key part of the change management process is communications; "People can deal with bad news, people can't deal with uncertainty."

Another interesting presentation was by Ali Zewail and ElMohanned Ahmed. They discussed the challenges of implementing agile in an Egyptian company from a cultural perspective. They even compared the principles of the Agile Manifesto to the cultural attributes of Egyptians. It made me think about my team in India and how agile aligns or conflicts with some of their cultural characteristics.

3 comments:

Chuck Morton, PMP said...

Bob, you offer a tease and then leave me hanging. What are the cultural conflicts between Agile and your team in India? Please elaborate.

Bob Tarne said...

Chuck - I was pressed for time so I didn't have time to go into details, but I will expand in my next post.

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