Be a Get Things Done Guy

August 3, 2009 Mike Cottmeyer

I don’t want to be a Scrum guy. I don’t want to be an XP guy. I don’t want to be a Lean guy… or a Kanban guy… or a DSDM guy… or a RUP guy… or a PMI guy. For that matter… I don’t even want to be an Agile guy.

As my experience has broadened over the past few years… as I have worked with more and more teams… it seems that most any process can be successful… even Waterfall… with a great team of engaged human beings… passionate… and working toward a common goal.

It seems that most of the time… when we start comparing one way of doing things with another… we tend to compare our best process implementation with the other side’s worst. My last waterfall project came in exactly on time… within one percent of budget… with all the scope originally asked for.

And yes… the product was very successful in the marketplace.

Can I please just be a ‘get things done’ guy? To the extent I can use Scrum or XP or Lean or Kanban or DSDM or RUP or PMI to be a ‘get things done’ guy… that’s what I really want do. To the extent that these labels… or even the processes themselves… get in the way of delivery… we’ll figure something else out.

The bigger the tent… the more tools we have at our disposal… the better chance we have to be successful. At the end of the day… it’s about delivery.

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