Slice then Dice

I'm spending a few days each week working at our Manchester site.  I've not been down here for a couple of years and, today, I bumped into a chap I spoke to way back in 2013.  I couldn't remember his name but I remembered our chat.  He is an experienced PM, he works in a waterfall environment, and we talked about if there was anything he could cherry-pick from the Agile world.  There was.

I told him that, imho, the simplest thing any PM could do to improve their waterfall environment was to slice each big project into 2 or 3 or 4 smaller projects.  The first project builds a base which the subsequent small projects build upon. The second small project fills in the gaps.  The third and forth fill more gaps, or exploit opportunities discovered while releases 1 and 2 have been live - though, sometimes you'll decided not to do 3 or 4, and invest your money elsewhere.     

Anyway, I bumped into him again, he told me his name, he said he'd done as I'd suggested and it had worked wonderfully well.   

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clarke ching

Clarke Ching is an expert in the application of Goldratt's Theory of Constraints to Agile software development. He is author of Rocks into Gold and Rolling Rocks Downhill (BETA). He gained Scrum certification from Ken Schwaber in Scotland in 2004 and now works as the Lean and Agile internal expert at The Royal London Group. Clarke focuses on Cash-Flow-Driven-Development and the use of positive psychology to help project teams flourish.