New Post at AITS: Why #NoEstimates is a Rough Finish for Your IT Career

AITSBloggingAllianceMy newest post for AITS has been published: Why #NoEstimates Is a Rough Finish for Your IT Career. In it, I show what #NoEstimates sounds like to business people, with an example that’s close to home.

As a former programmer, I understand the mindset. But too many people who should know better are suggesting that #NoEstimates alternatives to planning and scheduling are viable. While it might have worked for one or two unusual cases, it is no more generally applicable than low-gravity golf clubs [obscure Apollo program reference].

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff. After nearly six years of blogging, I’ve grown to really appreciate the people who care enough about the profession to stay current by reading. It’s a comfort to know that I ‘m in good company!

I’m Presenting at the CAMPIT Portfolio and Program Management Conference


I’ve been invited to present at the CAMP IT Portfolio / Program Management Conference to be conducted in Las Vegas, June 18 – 19, 2015. I’ll be presenting on our portfolio management approach and lessons learned from my time at MGM Resorts International. When I joined, we had 23 various properties, each with it’s own HR,Payroll, and timekeeping solution. My assignment was to merge them, so we could eventually implement a new ERP.

If you plan to attend, let me know. I’ll load up my Starbucks card and treat whoever shows up and mentions that you read about the event on my blog.


Hard Choices: A TED talk by Ruth Chang

One of my most common warnings to project teams is, “The most expensive part of any project is indecision.” I watched this TED talk by Ruth Chang yesterday, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Her point of view: Hard choices are those where neither alternative is plainly better than the other. It seems simple enough, but for a project team facing a number of choices in a short period of time, it can be a critical insight. Highly recommended.