We have launched Derrick and Harry's IT project management blog to start talking about a burning need. A need, that is present everywhere in the world where IT projects appear: to fill the gap between the neat and shiny pages of project management handbooks and the cold reality of real life projects. At those real life projects nothing ever seems to work like you were told at the last management workshop, still you have a battle to fight where you must win. Why Derrick and Harry? Well, it was the two of us, we wanted to investigate project secrets, and wished we could have done do it so effectively as our childhood heroes, the two German investigators.
At the beginning, we were just two friends struggling with the same problems wanting to let it all out on these pages: now we see that it is not just the two of us, but all of us sharing the same challenges, struggles and doubts. IT projects are hellish things that few of us can manage OK, and all of us could manage better. Let's forget those "10 most important steps for successful projects" lists, let's not debate about the definition of a project and lament on what is a successful project and what is not. Let's see what it is really like to do an IT project. Welcome to the desert of the real.
Cheers, and have fun,
Articles in English
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