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Breaking the Addiction to Process: An Introduction to Agile Project Management by Elizabeth Scanlon Thomas

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CHAPTER 2: WELCOME CHANGINGREQUIREMENTS

There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.

Ben Jonson

Breaking the Addiction to Process Step 2: Stop making rigid requirements in advance then being afraid to change them.

Some managers are afraid of changing project plans because:

• You’ll be seen as a wimp because you don’t have a ‘consistent vision’.

• You think you need to keep a tight grip on everything around you.

Often, though, the ‘vision’ will be incorrect in the first place, and the ‘control’ is illusory. These are two important reasons why authoritarian management styles usually fail.

If you really knew somehow what your customer would need by the end of the project cycle, or what products your competitors would release in the ...

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