Project Lifestyle Scope Recap

Any good project pauses regularly to check whether the scope still matches stakeholder expectations.

So how does this blog project look 7 months in?

Great! If I may say so myself.

However based on some feedback and encouragement from an old teammate of mine (thanks Nilo!) I want to refine and clarify the scope of the Project Lifestyle blog a bit.

In my initial post Scope, Objectives, Approach I stated my focus would be on:

discussing subjects in the field of Project Management, with a particular focus on implementing packaged software: Oracle Applications, in the broadest sense

In practice I have found myself frequently exploring two themes

  • The human factors element of project management. To borrow from Bas over at Project Shrink: projects are about people: deal with it!
  • Oracle Applications themes with a special focus on ERP, and Oracle E-Business Suite in particular. Global single instances and multinational implementations themes make a regular appearance as this is where I have spent a large amount of my professional life

The Software Industry resembles the Fashion Industry in some ways: it’s all about This Years Model.

So while most Oracle-facing pundits (internal and external) continue to focus on features & functions of the Next Release I will continue to report and comment on the hard and tricky work of getting it all up and running and delivering business value.

The project work style has moved from being infrequent or incidental to a continuous stream of parallel and overlapping projects for our customers, many of whom are poorly prepared and equipped for this reality. This led me to look at the phenomenon of projects as a lifestyle choice. Hence the name of the blog.

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