A few weeks ago I was asked to deliver a presentation on methods (development, project management, application implementation, â€¦) to the Oracle User Group Holland (OGH). My initial response was a bit reluctant, as I generally associate Methods with a certain degree of boredom. I was given ample opportunity to give my spin to the subject, so I asked myself: why do methods exist?
Well: we think they contribute to project success, donâ€™t we!
Project success is a subject that sounds a lot more interesting. Project success in actual real life projects and as a subject for discussion: which factors contribute significantly to this success. And methods should peep in along the road?
â€œAll you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.â€ (Mark Twain). An excellent quote and one, I must admit, in which I recognize myself to some degree. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s true, butâ€¦hold onâ€¦in Dutch we have a saying â€œGeluk is met de dommenâ€. Freely translated: Luck comes to the ignorant, soâ€¦there must be some truth in this statement. It almost seems like, if you donâ€™t see the problems, they wonâ€™t see you, either!
Itâ€™s a bit thin to base your whole project on, that I admit.
In upcoming postings I will explore other factors, next to ignorance, that contribute to the success of projects, or work in general, or life, perhapsâ€¦