Showing posts from January, 2011

The challenge of running an agile project with an annual funding model

In my last role in my former life as an employee at Lonely Planet, I was Project Manager on one of the major projects running in Product/IT for that year. I understand that the funding process has changed a lot since then, and I like to think I and my colleagues helped contribute to that with our actions.

As part of our reporting responsibilities we were required to do a breakdown on project spend, feature completeness and time remaining. All standard stuff, with the aim of retaining tight governance on a fairly large project with a substantial budget.

There were however, a number of factors that made this a rather painful process.
1) The project had gotten its funding from a number of sources, both print and digital, as well as external clients. In memory, there were at least 6-8 buckets of money contributing to the overall project budget, and each of these expected something for their dollars. This was/is a fairly standard way to fund projects in organizations and wasn't …