Can work planning be delegated down to teams—or even team members? This video addresses the pros and cons of this recent trendy idea, as used in agile/scrum.
- In the manifesto for Agile project management,…which is very trendy at the moment,…they recommend self-organizing teams.…The general approach with Agile…is to simplify problems down…by making them into small autonomous groups,…and to work on small collections of short tasks,…so that people can solve their own problems,…and you don't need complicated centralized planning.…And I partly agree with this.…I've been suggesting throughout this course…that you can't feed everything into a computer…and get the right answer.…
The computer will never know everything…and the problem just gets too complicated.…So I'd rather have a simplified central plan…using something like Excel,…based on a relatively simple Gantt of Gantts.…And then keep most of the planning…at project level using Gantt charts.…So I do like the idea of keeping things simple and visual.…And I also like the motivational idea…of letting the teams be empowered…to run their own areas.…However, I do think you need some centralized planning.…
And I think if you leave all of the resource planning…
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- What is program management?
- Planning from the bottom up vs. top down
- Resource planning
- Managing projects, resources, and time
- Getting the staff you need
- Self-organizing teams