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June 06, 2011


This is a nice analogy. How did you think about connecting the two ?

I was explaining the different resourcing profiles to a client and the bumps on the graph I drew made me think of washboard roads. Both are kind of vicious circles that lead to a destructive propagation of the issue. Lumps on roads lead to bouncing and more lumps, specialization on projects lead to time fragmentation spreading to all projects. Both are problematic and make you go slower, so it seemed apt. Did I “invent” something that has been better thought through somewhere else? – Wouldn’t be the first time.


I like the image and the analogy - made all the more real for me by having lived in Africa at the end of a long dirt road.

In particular I agree about the difficulty in breaking this pattern. I have seen so many attempts to implement and use resourcing tools, then link these to MS Project then add a layer of Earned Value Analysis etc. I have seen few (if any) cases where this has worked (in fact often they make it worse).

As you say it is the concerted effort of executive management, aided by an Agile approach that is really needed, and the only approach which I have seen really succeed.

Great Post! I really liked your comparison of riding a dirt road to project management. The ups and downs of a project are very similar to a road with all the bumps. Plus, they can both be a pain in the butt if not done correctly.

Excellent analogy with washboard pattern. To break this syndrome we need to connect it to the "Theory of Constraints" which (essentially) states that the more projects you assign a resource to, the less efficiency you have.

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