Project Patterns: From Adrenaline Junkies to Template Zombies
Tim Lister, along with five of his partners at the Atlantic Systems Guild, have compiled project patterns from their combined 150 years of consulting, and have described them in their Jolt Award winning book, Adrenalin Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior. We all talk about best practices but only a tiny minority of organizations actually practice them all. Not to worry, think of “best practices” for human health. We know all about them, but very few of us actually practice them all. Maybe if someone did arduously practice all health practices, they would forget to have an enjoyable life. Tim believes that project patterns are stronger than best practices. They are the habits, the decision practices, the corporate culture, and the unstated rules, which dominate office life. The first key is to identify your own organization’s patterns. If they are positive, how can you execute them across all projects? If they are negative, how can you break the habit? Tim begins with some examples from the book. Then you can share some of your own patterns. Join Tim to discuss ways you can move from negative to positive patterns.