The book that might finally kill the Gantt chart
Early in my career, I used to use Gantt charts to plot the expected path for web design projects. They were the perfect bit of theatrical organization ... useful for entertainment value but of little management value after a matter of weeks (and sometimes less). At the time, I usually saw it as a necessary evil of project management. After reading Scrum, I see them for what they were - a process unintentionally holding us back.
In this insightful introduction to Scrum, the author peels back layers of corporate and political wastage to tackle what may be one of the most fundamental questions facing the world today: why can't large groups of smart and motivated people seem to get great things done? Of course, our business literature today is filled with the two visionaries in a garage launching something amazing ... but that's a more uncommon situation than it might seem. Instead, the world is filled with large teams trying to tackle large visions, and routinely failing.
This book offers a new vision not just for how to manage a large scale project, but also how to shift the thinking of everyone on a team towards working smarter instead of working harder. If you've ever slaved over trying to create the perfect Gantt chart, you'll appreciate the importance of dependencies. Project managers know that sometimes you can't start a new task until the one before is complete. And that's exactly how I recommend you think about the value of this book. If you want to be more productive and help your projects succeed, buying this book might be your most important dependency. .
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