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Stories about Stories in Agile Development

“The most powerful person in the world is the story teller.” – Attributed to Steve Jobs, Co-founder Apple Inc. Nearly three decades ago, I remember my father taking me to a tailor’s shop for a pair of shorts to be worn as a high-school uniform. The tailor measured and made notes, and then he finally…

What’s Your Best Nightmare Sponsor Story?

MPUG’s call for the most OUTRAGEOUS program sponsor experience kicks off now! As part of our 2018 Community Survey, we asked the question, “Are you getting the feedback you need from program sponsors?” Well, the results are in, and although 26% of you said that yes, you are getting needed feedback, over 50% said this…

The Accountant and the Project Manager: A Friendly Competition or Intimidation at It’s Worst?”

Introduction Ever wondered why there is stiff competition between an accountant and a Project Manager? Because they are both quite creative: the former with the money, the latter with the work estimates. Humour apart, Project Managers (PMs) are still much sought after as a ridiculously popular profession in today’s industry. Mostly because today’s businesses attempt…

Project Management Stories Brought to You in Honor of April Fools

In honor of April fools, we’ve gathered some funny project management stories, no joke! A Project Server Class Turned into Sports Fans Many years ago, I was teaching a Project Server class to a group of project managers in New Orleans. The class was held in the fall during the football season, and they told me……

A Project Server Class Turned into Sports Fans

Many years ago, I was teaching a Project Server class to a group of project managers in New Orleans. The class was held in the fall during the football season, and they told me they were all big LSU Tigers football fans. Because I am a Nebraska Cornhuskers fan, as a joke on the second…

True PM Stories That May Entertain

While giving a presentation entitled “What is PPM?” to a group of 20 CIOs, I made the observation that “most project managers in IT think CPM (the Critical Path Method) is an operating system that runs on Apple II computers.” One of the CIOs raised his hand and asked, “Well, isn’t that what CPM is?”…

A Few More Classroom Tales….

One of my favorite PM stories from the classroom was that someone wrote on a class evaluation that I taught a “supper” class. I happened to see it and chuckled. He looked at me questioningly, and I pointed to the word. He then fixed it to say that I had taught a “souper” class. Another…

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