We have begun to describe our projects with words like “Responsive,” “Flexible,” “Fluid,” Agile,” and “User-Centered,” but we continue to manage our projects the same way we always have. How can we deliver on new, grand promises without completely changing our thinking about the work and how we manage it?
At the end of the day, projects don’t fail for technical or design reasons, they fail because of the people involved. Rather than the old ideas of focusing on the “iron triangle” of project management (scope, budget, and timeline), let’s take a step back and talk about the people involved in our projects.
I will share lessons I have learned the hard way from working on and running technical projects over the last 20 years that prove we need to put people first. And I’ll show you how focusing on people can make both your teams and your projects thrive.